Meet our new lifespiration: Jonathan, a 183-year-old giant tortoise who's thought to be the oldest land animal alive. Although we probably won't be going to him for anti-aging tips anytime soon (no offense, Jonathan, but we see some fine lines!), we can all learn a thing or two from his eating habits.
Jonathan wasn't always the spry older gentletortoise he is today. In 2014, he was losing his eyesight and sense of smell, his beak was deteriorating, and he was having trouble foraging for his own food, according to Saint Helena veterinarian Joe Hollins.
So Hollins improved Jonathan's diet, which had previously consisted mostly of twigs. (We wouldn't be feeling too hot if we just munched on twigs all day, either.) Every Sunday, Hollins feeds Jonathan a big tasty salad, which includes apples, cucumbers, bananas, carrots, and guava. And this much healthier diet has drastically improved Jonathan's condition, Hollins says.
"[Jonathan's] once blunt and crumbly beak has become sharp and lethal, so he was probably suffering from microdeficiencies of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements," Hollins wrote in his latest report.
And so, in the spirit of eating well and feeling great at any age, Jonathan and his fellow shelled friends would like to share some of their favorite diet tips: