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15 Animals That Exceeded Their Life Expectancy and Lived Many Long

Animals are multicellular eukaryotic organisms that form the biological kingdom Animalia. With few exceptions, animals consume organic mat...

Animals are multicellular eukaryotic organisms that form the biological kingdom Animalia. With few exceptions, animals consume organic material, breathe oxygen, are able to move, can reproduce sexually, and grow from a hollow sphere of cells, the blastula, during embryonic development. Over 1.5 million living animal species have been described—of which around 1 million are insects—but it has been estimated there are over 7 million animal species in total. Animals range in length from 8.5 micrometres (0.00033 in) to 33.6 metres (110 ft). They have complex interactions with each other and their environments, forming intricate food webs. The kingdom Animalia includes humans but in colloquial use the term animal often refers only to non-human animals.Perhaps lots of people would love to live for over a century. Humans might be able to live up to more or less than 100 years, but the number might pale in comparison to the life expectancy of some animals. Some animals have surprised us with unexpectedly long lives, especially, a turtle that could have met Darwin back when he was still traveling to the Americas or a parrot that “spoke” to Winston Churchill.

1. Harriet, the tortoise that lived almost 176 years

Harriet was a Galápagos tortoise (Geochelone porteri) who had an estimated age of 175 years at the time of her death in Australia. Harriet is one of the longest-lived known tortoises, behind who died in 1965 at the age of 188, and possibly Adwaita, who died in 2006 at an estimated age of between 150 and 255 years.At the time of her death, she lived at the Australia Zoo which was owned by Steve and Terri Irwin

2. Ming, the clam that lived almost 507 years

Ming the clam, world’s oldest animal, was actually 507 years old. A group of researchers working in Iceland in 2006 discovered a really old clam. They wanted to figure out just how old it could be, so they decided to open it up and count the growth rings along the clam’s hinge ligament.

3. Charlie, the 100-year-old macaw

This macaw with blue and gold plumage first became famous in 2004 because his owner, Peter Oram, claimed that Charlie was at least 100 years old. It was said that Charlie was born around 1899 and Peter Oram even claimed that the UK prime minister, Winston Churchill had owned it for a while. Although the latter was proven wrong by people close to Churchill, Charlie did live for about 114 years, the last of which were spent in a pet nursery in Heathfield, Surrey in the UK.

4. Granny, the killer whale that could’ve lived up to 105 years

Granny presumed dead between October–December 2016), also known as J2, was an orca (killer whale). She was estimated by some whale researchers to have been 105 years old, but her age is a source of dispute, with other studies putting her at age 65-80. If she was 105, she would have been the oldest known orca at the time of her death.A member of the endangered southern resident killer whale population, Granny lived in the northeast Pacific Ocean and coastal bays of Washington state and British Columbia. Granny was estimated to have been born in 1911. She was last seen on October 12, 2016, and was considered deceased by The Center for Whale Research in January 2017

5. Lin Wang, an elephant that lived 86 years

This elephant, which belonged to the Asian elephant family, was born in 1917 and even served in the Chinese and Japanese armies as a beast of burden from 1937 to 1945 during World War II’s Second Sino Japanese War. After that, Lin Wang was taken to a reserve in China and then in 1952 to Taipei’s Zoo in Taiwan where it became an integral part of the city. He befriended his caretakers and lived happily until 2003. Thanks to his incredibly good physical condition, Lin Wang lived almost 2 decades longer than the average Asian elephant whose life expectancy is set to be about 70 years.

6. Corduroy, one of the longest-living cats ever known

Twenty-six-year-old Corduroy, a handsome male kitty from the United States, was crowned the oldest living domestic cat this week by Guinness World Records. Corduroy’s title replaces another venerable cat in the record book, Tiffany Two, who died recently at the ripe old age of 27 years, 2 months and 20 days

7. Tu’i Malila, another very old tortoise

This peculiar radiated tortoise from Madagascar lived many years and became one of the oldest members of its species. In 1777, the English explorer James Cook brought Tu’i Malila back to Tonga as a gift for the royal family. Tu’i Malila lived in the palace gardens for 188 years before she died from natural causes in May of 1966. Queen Elizabeth II from England was just one of the many celebrities from the long list of people who got to meet the friendly Tu’i Malila.

8. Poncho, the movie star

Few animals enjoyed being in the spotlight and becoming a celebrity like Poncho the parrot, who you may recognize from several movies. He appeared in 102 Dalmatians, Ace Ventura, and Dr. Doolittle (1998). After his short but busy time in Hollywood, Poncho went to a pet shop in Shrewsbury, a town in the United Kingdom, where he was taken care of until he passed away in 2018 after turning 93. His long life was made possible thanks to his caretakers who treated him gently.

9. Cheeta, Tarzan’s sidekick in the movies

Cheeta is a chimpanzee character that appeared in numerous Hollywood Tarzan films of the 1930s–1960s, as well as the 1966–1968 television series, as the ape sidekick of the title character, Tarzan. Cheeta has usually been characterized as male, but sometimes as female, and has been portrayed by chimpanzees of both sexes.

While the character of Cheeta is inextricably associated in the public mind with Tarzan, no chimpanzees appear in the original Tarzan novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs that inspired the films. The closest analog to Cheeta in the Burroughs novels is Tarzan’s monkey companion Nkima, which appears in several of the later books in the series

10. Jonathan, the tortoise that lived 188 years and is still enjoying the pleasures of life

Jonathan (1832) is a Seychelles giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea hololissa), a subspecies of the Aldabra giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea), and the oldest known living terrestrial animal in the world.Jonathan resides on the island of Saint Helena, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean


Although this spider’s name is far from common, Number 16, a Gaius villosus, got her name from a study carried out in Australia by arachnologist Barbara York Main. Year after year, Dr. York Main studied Number 16’s behavior after her nest was destroyed by a spider-hunting wasp. These wasps inject larvae in spiders’ bodies to serve as a nest and food once the eggs hatch. Despite the attack, Number 16 lived from 1974 to 2016 until it passed away at the age of 43 years, most certainly due to the consequences of the wasp sting.


The European herring gull (Larus argentatus) is a large gull, up to 66 cm (26 in) long. One of the best-known of all gulls along the shores of Western Europe, it was once abundant. It breeds across Northern Europe, Western Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Baltic states. Some European herring gulls, especially those resident in colder areas, migrate further south in winter, but many are permanent residents, e.g. in Ireland, Britain, Iceland, or on the North Sea shores. They have a varied diet, including fish, crustaceans, and dead animals, as well as some plants

13. Tuatara

14. Lamellibrachia Tube Worms

15. Red Sea Urchins

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