ave you ever felt like you're too old to find your soulmate? Well, this inspiring story might change your mind. A tortoise in St. Helena has found the love of his life, and he just so happens to be 185 years old.
But, this story also has a twist. Keep reading to hear about the surprising discovery that a vet recently made about the two lovebirds (or, rather, love turtles).
He’s a giant tortoise who resides on the British Overseas Territory island of St. Helena located in the South Atlantic Ocean.
He also happens to be the world’s oldest living land creature.
Jonathan was hatched in Seychelles in 1832, making him 185 years old.
He was first brought to the island of St. Helena in 1882, at roughly 50 years old.
Governor Sir Spencer Davis gave him the name “Jonathan” in the 1930s.
He lives on the grounds of Plantation House, which belongs to the government of St. Helena and is the official residence of the Governor.
When Jonathan reached his late 80s, he began acting strangely.
In what locals described as being like an “unruly teenager”, he would knock over benches and ruin men’s croquet games by flattening their hoops.
His caretakers figured that he was bored and lonely, and knew that something had to be done to quell his behavior.
In 1991, the French consul gifted the governor of St Helena with a mate for Jonathan named Frederica.
The two became instantly smitten.
Recently, Frederica developed a lesion on her shell.
The lesion began to affect her health and required treatment.
Veterinarians were forced to step in, and although the two tortoises had developed an extremely close bond over the past 26 years, they had to be separated.