Royal palace in Nigeria announces its resident tortoise has died - aged 344 😲https://t.co/TBvZSrMOnf— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) October 4, 2019
Royal palace in Nigeria has announced that its resident tortoise has died following a short illness, saying it was a remarkable 344 years old.
The tortoise, named Alagba, meaning elderly one, lived in the palace of Ogbomoso in Oyo state. Alagba had at least two personal attendants and would eat only twice a month.
The revered reptile was apparently brought to the palace by the kingdom's third leader, Isan Okumoyede, who reigned from 1770 to 1797.
Tim Skelton, curator of reptiles at Bristol Zoo, said it would be "impossible" for Alagba to have lived that long. "A hundred years is a very good age," said Mr Skelton. "Giant tortoises can live up to 200, but that's a very rare exception."
Alagba is not a giant tortoise. Mr Skelton categorised Alagba as an African spur-thighed tortoise. The oldest tortoise in the world is Jonathan, an 187-year-old giant tortoise who lives in St Helena.
“There has been more than one tortoise. They just loved it so much they went and bought another one." Whatever the case may be, Rest In Peace, long-lived queen.