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WATCH: Jonathan the 184-year-old tortoise gets his first ever bath

Sasha Brady

Published 24/03/2016 | 11:43

Jonathan the 104-year-old tortoise gets his first ever bath. Photo: Saint Helen Government
Jonathan the 104-year-old tortoise gets his first ever bath. Photo: Saint Helen Government

Jonathan the tortoise is the oldest known living land animal on earth and on Wednesday he was treated to his first ever bath.

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Hatched in 1832, the tortoise lives on the British territory of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Jonathan is so old that he's lost his sense of smell and his sight is fading too.

He also has some difficulty swallowing.

He has lived through two world wars and numerous revolutions, outliving all his human companions.

He was even photographed, looking rather wrinkly at the time, with a prisoner during the Boer War, which ended in 1902.

He has resided at the paddock at Plantation House, the British governor’s residence, since he was transported to Saint Helena from the Seychelles in 1882.

To help him look his best for the upcoming visit from the royals, Jonathan was treated to a proper scrub down by a local vet.

Dr Joe Hollins, the vet, said: “He doesn’t look any younger, but he does look different. He is much paler and you can see the rings on his shell have almost completely disappeared.

“His shell is in great condition for his age. Hopefully he won’t have to wait another 184 years before his next bath.”

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