Sheyla

By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

183 Year-Old Tortoise Was Put On A Diet… And It Gave Him A New Lease On Life.

The secret to a long life is eating healthy and for an 183-year-old tortoise that is doctor’s orders. Jonathan the world’s oldest known animal had lost his sense of smell and is almost blind due to cataracts. His food consisted of only leaves and sticks, causing him to lose weight and making his beak weak.

The large creature lives in the island of St. Helena, a British territory located off the western coast of Africa. The local veterinarian, doctor Joe Hollins, changed Jonathan’s diet to a more nutritious one consisting of guava, bananas, cucumbers, carrots, and apples.

The Seychelles tortoise has gained weight and is more active. Hollins believes Jonathan is capable of living to 250 years.

Jonathan was a gift to the governor from the island of Seychelles.

Jonathan was a gift to the governor from the island of Seychelles.

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Jonathan has lived at the British governor's Plantation House since his arrival on the island in 1882. It was believed he was 50 years old when was brought to St. Helena.

Jonathan has lived at the British governor's Plantation House since his arrival on the island in 1882. It was believed he was 50 years old when was brought to St. Helena.

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"His once blunt and crumbly beak has become sharp and lethal, so he was probably suffering from micro-deficiencies of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements," explains Hollins.

"His once blunt and crumbly beak has become sharp and lethal, so he was probably suffering from micro-deficiencies of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements," explains Hollins.

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Jonathan lives on the grounds with four other giant tortoises; David, Emma, Frederika, and Myrtle.

Jonathan lives on the grounds with four other giant tortoises; David, Emma, Frederika, and Myrtle.

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The Seychelles or Aldabra tortoise can weigh up to 250 pounds. They are native of the islands in the Indian Ocean.

The Seychelles or Aldabra tortoise can weigh up to 250 pounds. They are native of the islands in the Indian Ocean.

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This species is very sociable and have been known to like being stroked by humans.

This species is very sociable and have been known to like being stroked by humans.

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Doctor Hollins says that by changing Jonathan's diet, the tortoise has "more fat cover which will help him in the winter and has good nail growth."

Doctor Hollins says that by changing Jonathan's diet, the tortoise has "more fat cover which will help him in the winter and has good nail growth."

Joe Hollins/BNPS

Although he has lived in St. Helena since the 19th century, the giant tortoise was not given his name until the 1930's by governor Sir Spencer Davis.

Although he has lived in St. Helena since the 19th century, the giant tortoise was not given his name until the 1930's by governor Sir Spencer Davis.

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Although he lives with three females, Jonathan has never shown any romantic interest.

Although he lives with three females, Jonathan has never shown any romantic interest.

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Source: Daily Mail

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