Pansexual tortoise Jonathan still has ‘good libido’ at age 190

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Jonathan, the world-famous 190-year-old giant Seychelles tortoise from St Helena, is officially the oldest of his species ever and hasn’t lost his mojo.

This month the Guinness World Records gave Jonathan the title of “oldest chelonian” – a category which encompasses turtles, terrapins and tortoises.

And the giant Seychelles tortoise’s caretakers say, despite some health problems, he’s doing “very well.”

Jonathan has lived most of his life on the island of St Helena, part of the British Overseas Territory.

Sir William Grey-Wilson gifted him to the island. Grey-Wilson eventually became the island’s governor in the late 1800’s.

Jonathan has lived there ever since, and his age is an estimate. In 1882, he was fully mature – so at least 50 years old. He is likely even older than that.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Jonathan already holds the title of the oldest currently living land animal.

“In total, Jonathan’s amazingly lengthy life has so far spanned seven British monarchs, 53 British prime ministers and 40 US presidents,” Guiness explained.

Jonathan the Tortoise was outed by a vet in 2017

In 2017, Jonathan the Tortoise made headlines around the world when a vet accidentally outed him.

When Jonathan’s then-lover, known as Frederika, went for a check-up, a vet discovered the tortoise was in fact male.

This month Jonathan’s caretakers have given an update. They say the 190-year-old is still shacked up with tortoises Frederik, Emma and Dave.

“Jonathan still has good libido and is seen frequently to mate with Emma and sometimes Fred,” vet Joe Hollins told Guinness.

“Animals are often not particularly gender-sensitive.”

But age is catching up with him. Jonathan is blind and has no sense of smell, and when he’s not getting social he lives a very sedentary lifestyle.

His vet said Jonathan “enjoys the sun but on very hot days takes to the shade.”

“On mild days, he will sunbathe – his long neck and legs stretched fully out of his shell to absorb heat and transfer it to his core,” Hollins explained.

When it’s cold, the world’s oldest tortoise prefers to “dig himself into leaf mould or grass clippings and remain there all day.”

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

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