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    World's Oldest Animal Jonathan the Tortoise Takes First Bath in 184 Years

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    It was probably the most historic and the most awaited bath ever. On March 19, the world's oldest animal, 184-year-old Jonathan the Giant Tortoise was given a scrub for the first time in life.

    Vet Dr. Joe Hollins scrubbed Jonathan's shell with a loofah, a soft brush and surgical soap carefully removing nearly 200-year-old black sludge.

    The bath did not have any medical reasons and the keepers wanted to gloss Jonathan for a festive occasion: a Royal Family member is expected to visit the St. Helena Island, where the tortoise lives.

    Jonathan the Giant Tortoise - the oldest known living land animal on Earth and creakingly old national treasure at an estimated age of 184 years - was washed for the first time in recorded history by vet Dr Joe Hollins
    Jonathan the Giant Tortoise - the oldest known living land animal on Earth and creakingly old national treasure at an estimated age of 184 years - was washed for the first time in recorded history by vet Dr Joe Hollins

    "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!' the vet said as quoted by The Telegraph.

    During the tortoise's life, eight British monarchs have been crowned and 51 prime ministers have served in the UK.

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