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Jonathan the Tortoise, oldest living animal (at 184) and shell star extraordinaire, received his first bath this week! 

In anticipation of a royal visitor to his sanctuary on St. Helena,  Vet Joe Hollins assisted Jonathan in a little sprucing up. Surgical soap and soft brushes were used to avoid injuring his shell and ensure the spa treatment was enjoyable for the royal tortoise.

‘We gave him a good scrub as we are expecting a royal visitor who is going to meet him so we want him to look his best.

‘He looks so much cleaner and he seemed to enjoy the whole experience.

‘Jonathan stood like a statue when I was washing him, I don’t know whether that was the vibrations he found soothing or he was thinking “at last, I’ve had my first bath!”

Seems even Jonathan enjoys a quality bum rub! We tend to think the royal visitors should be sprucing up for Jonathan but hey, any excuse for a tortoise spa day is a good one! 

At 184 years old, Jonathan has lived through more history than most of us can remeber reading in school. 

He currently shares his enclosure with four other giant tortoises – David, Emma, Frederika and Myrtle.

Although he has lost his sense of smell and his eyesight is fading, Jonathan is said to be in good health.

Dr Hollins, 58, now has to take his loofah to the other tortoises and some of them are dirtier than their elderly friend Jonathan.

Following the death of Harriet, a 175-year-old giant Galapagos Land tortoise, in 2005 in Australia, Jonathan has been recognised as the world’s oldest living land animal.

St Helena was chosen as the place of Emperor Napoleon’s second exile and the French dictator died there in 1821.

Keep being awesome Jonathan! A true king among shells. 


Name: Olive
Breed: Red Footed
Age: Adult
Gender: Female

Olive is a 5-6 year old Red Footed Tortoise and cute as a button! We believe Olive is a female but gendering tortoises can be difficult until they reach full maturity so female is our best guess. Olive is a wonderful, low key and unique pet. She is being re-homed due to space constraints of her current owner so please keep in mind tortoises require habitats that can accommodate growth and are warm and humid. Olive will be full size in about another 5 years. Olive is house trained, she will not got to the bathroom in her home/habitat so about once or twice a week she is put in a warm bath where she is able to do her business. This means the bedding in her habitat does not need to be changed very often. She eats dark leafy greens and some fruits and for the most part is very easy going. She has visited several pre-school classroom and is a very social tortoise looking to make more friends.

Please contact Molly at hoff.molly@gmail.com if you are interested in adopting Olive.

This turtle is located in Minneapolis, MN.

This is Olive! Olive needs a forever home. 

For anyone considering adopting this, or any other, adorable shell, please do your research! As is mentioned above, but needs to be emphasized, Olive needs space to grow, proper lighting and temperatures, and a diet specific to her species. 

Here’s a good site for Red Foot Tortoise Care!

Spread the word! Here’s hoping Olive finds her forever home soon. That adorable face needs a human to boss around <3