A photo of Jonathan, the oldest tortoise in the world, in 1948

zolasmum

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Our tortoise,Zola, has a human friend called David (aged80something) who visited the island of St Helena, in the South Atlantic,(where Napoleon was exiled by the British after Waterloo) many years ago and met Jonathan, the oldest tortoise in the world .
Now a friend of his, to whom he had talked about Zola, has just sent him this photo , taken in 1948, of herself and other children with Jonathan, who was already 110 years old !!
She is the little girl at the front, aged 4, who later became a doctor on the island (aged77 now)
Jonathan is still alive, of course,living happily on the governor's lawn.
I include a photo of David, holding Zola,without whom this photo would never have come to light
Angie
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Extremely intresting, apparently Galapagos is old Spanish for saddle. The name was given to the torts and the islands when colonist arrived and they looked at each other and thought :"Wow, thats a big tort, lets ride it!"
(Even Darwin tried to ride one)
Extremely intresting @zolasmum !
 

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Lovely to see. When I was in galapagos years ago I met lonesome George amazing size and character. Nice that Jonathan still going strong!
 

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I visited the Galapagos in the late-80s and met Lonesome George at the Darwin Research Station... I didn't know any better (and weighed a bunch less) back then, and took a ride on one of the big tortoises we met up in the hills (not George).

I'd love to get out to St. Helena sometime, but it's so... very... far... away from every other place on Earth.

Jamie
 

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Ooh, Natrah - that would be an honour too !! There is an article about Jonathan in the Guardian today - the island is
producing special stamps and coins with his picture on.
Angiexxx
Oh I missed that Angie I'll have a look and see if there's anything in the Times.

Natrah
 
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