On March 19, the oldest tortoise in the world, called Jonathan, had a bath for the first time in his life. At the honorable age of 184 years old, the world's oldest living animalwas overjoyed when he got a bath on StHelena island in the Pacific Ocean.
Originally from theSeychelles, the giant tortoise moved to the island in1882. For his 50th birthday, the British governoron the islandgot the tortoise as a gift.From that moment on, Jonathan carried on living a very peaceful, fulfilling life wandering around the garden of the Plantation House, which is stillhome to the English governor.Ahead of a royal visit in May, it was decided that the most famous celebrity on the island should be given a bath in preparation.
So the island's vet,Dr. Hollins, got a sponge and some very delicate soap and started giving the animal a much needed soak.After all, there wasalmost two centuries worth of dust and earth that needed cleaning from his shell!
The giant tortoise who's over 114cm long and 60cm tall was extremely proud to show off his new squeaky clean appearance.
The tortoise is still in good health and the vet added:
Hopefully he won't have to wait another 185 years before his next bath.
The proud doctor finished saying: "It was an honour to be able to take care of the oldest animal in the world... A very emotional experience indeed."Watch Jonathan enjoy his first bath here:[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozVoDxddKlg&feature=youtu.be[/embed]