Tortoise Waited 184 Years For His First Bath

On March 19, Jonathan the giant tortoise experienced a bath for the first time, at the ripe old age of 184.tort b

A resident of St. Helena Island in the South Atlantic, Jonathan is the oldest known animal on Earth.  Administered by veterinarian Joe Hollins and posted on YouTube, the bath lasted only about an hour. Just a bucket of soapy water, a soft brush, a loofah and one very indifferent tortoise.

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Most of today’s giant tortoises are confined to islands and belong to several subspecies, like the Galapagos giant turtle, which is native to the island that bears his name.

Really, there’s no medical reason for this tortoise to be bathed. But Jonathan’s keepers thought the resident tortoise could use a washing up before a member of the British royal family visits the island in May.

“What an honor,” Hollins says in the video at the scrubbing’s conclusion, “to be looking after the oldest living land animal. What an amazing thing.”

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But for Jonathan, who has been alive during the reign of no less than eight British monarchs, it may take a little more than soap and water to be amazed.

Watch the full video below.

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