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Wed Feb 20, 2019, 11:26 PM

The fascinating sex life of Jonathan, the 185-year-old giant tortoise

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The fascinating sex life of Jonathan, the 185-year-old giant tortoise

Straight? Gay? Bisexual? He may be about 185 years old, but the years have clearly done little to quell the sexual appetite of Jonathan, the famous giant tortoise who resides on the remote South Atlantic island of St. Helena.

Jonathan, the world’s oldest living land animal, has been in the spotlight recently after the Times reported that Frederica, the tortoise he has been “wooing” for the last 26 years, may actually be a ‘Frederic’.

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Man explained that male tortoises typically have a concave indent called a “plastron” on the lower portion of their shells that allows them to mount females for mating. Frederica, though, has a slight shell deformity, which makes it hard to tell whether she has a plastron or not, according to Man.

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Jonathan's exact age also remains something of a mystery, given the uncertainty about his age when he arrived on St. Helena. Joe Hollins, St. Helena's former vet, who is now based on the island of Tristan da Cunha, has calculated that he is 185 years old.

"Jonathan’s official age is 185," added Phillips, in an email to Fox News. "I put a year on every 1 Jan as we don’t know when his birthday is."

Hollins is pleased to see the giant tortoise enjoying his advanced years. "So blind and with no sense of smell, I’m not sure he would really know whether he was satisfying his libidinous desires on top of a male tortoise or a female tortoise," he told Fox News, via email. "He like most animals has his erogenous zones and hopefully it gives the old fellow great pleasure either way. And at 185 years of age, I applaud him. It is an enviable feat."

https://www.foxnews.com/science/the-fascinating-sex-life-of-jonathan-the-185-year-old-giant-tortoise


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Thu Feb 21, 2019, 02:42 PM

1. When I hit 185

I can only hope the concave indent called a “plastron” on the lower portion of my shell will allow me to mount females for mating.

Hell, I might be happy if I'm only 85.

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