184-year-old tortoise gets first bath ever ahead of visit by British royals

184-year-old tortoise gets first bath ever ahead of visit by British royals
Jonathan the tortoise. (Image via UK Telegraph)

[Ed. – The tortoise probably doesn’t mind.  William Wordsworth would most certainly have written a poem about this, however.  Wordsworth, thou shouldst be living at this hour!]

The world’s oldest living animal, a 184-year-old giant tortoise, has had its first ever bath.

Jonathan, a giant tortoise living on St Helena, was cleaned up by the island’s vet in preparation for an upcoming Royal visit.

Almost two centuries’ worth of grime was scrubbed off its back using a loofah, soft brush and surgical soap.

Dr Joe Hollins, the vet for the tiny British outpost island in the south Atlantic, scrubbed each of the segments of Jonathan’s shell, known as scutes, and removed black sludge and bird droppings while the tortoise sedately chewed on grass.

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