- Jonathan the giant Seychelles tortoise has lived on the island of St Helena in the south Atlantic since 1882
- The tortoise was on his last legs after his health seriously declined including losing his eyesight and sense of smell
- A new diet of high-calorie fruit and vegetables including apples and guava helped him back to good health
Thursday, January 7, 2016
World's oldest living animal, Jonathan the Tortoise, gets a new lease of life after vet puts him on a healthy diet... at the age of 183
The world's oldest living animal has been given a new lease of life after a vet put him on a healthy diet - at the age of 183.
It was feared Jonathan the giant tortoise was on his last legs after his health seriously declined due to losing his eyesight and sense of smell.
The afflictions meant Jonathan, who lives on the British outpost of St Helena Island, was left grabbing at insubstantial twigs, leaves and dirt for food.
His plight was spotted by the island's vet, Dr Joe Hollins, who immediately put him on a high-calorie and nutritious diet of a bowl of apples, carrots, cucumber, bananas and guava.
Since the change Jonathan has gained weight, redeveloped his sharp-edged beak to help him eat grass and become more active.
The famous reptile can be seen happily plodding the grounds of Plantation House, the home of the governor of St Helena where he has lived since coming to the island in 1882.
It was feared Jonathan the giant tortoise was on his last legs when his health seriously declined after losing his eyesight and sense of smell
Jonathan in 1900 with a Boer war prisoner on the remote island of St Helena. Jonathan was thought to be around 50 years old when he arrived on the small island in the south Atlantic from the Seychelles in the 19th century. The tortoise was given as a gift to the governor of St Helena from the Seychelles
Thanks to a healthy new diet, the famous resident on the British outpost of St Helena Island has found a new lease of life thanks to vet Dr Joe Hollins