Meet Jonathan, The 189-Year-Old Tortoise And The Oldest-Known Land Animal

The year was 1832 — and Jonathan the tortoise was just a tiny hatchling.

The world was a very different place back then; the lightbulb had yet to be invented, and cars were still half a century away.

At 189 years old, Jonathan is believed to have far exceeded the typical 150-year lifespan of his species to become the world’s oldest living land animal.

The affable reptile lived through the terms of 39 US presidents, two world wars and the invention of the light bulb.