These are 5 of the oldest animals ever to live. Humans are at the top of the food chain, but despite common knowledge we don’t have the longest lifespan in the animal kingdom. How old can animals live? Some live up to 10,000 years, watch the video or read the article to find out the oldest animals on earth.
If you think that your parents or grandparents are old, well..you may be right. There are however many animals in nature much.. much.. older…
Aidwata The Aldabara Giant Tortoise
Some turtles get made into turtle soup. Others decide that they want to outlive just about everyone and everything. Aidwata was an Indian turtle that managed to make it to an amazing 255 years old. For some perspective: That’s older than the United States! Born around 1750, Aidwata was originally a pet before spending the remainder of his days in a zoo. Sadly he kicked the bucket in 2005. Word has it that he’s still slowly walking his way to turtle heaven.
Hanako The Koi Fish
Some fish are good for eating. Others are so old they deserve a little bit more respect. Most Koi Fish, which are related to goldfish, can live around 200 years. One Japanese Koi named Hanako beat them all. Hanako lived to the ripe old age of 225 years!
Ming The Mollusk
If you’re hungry for some clams, Ming the Mollusk might just get your stomach rumbling. Far from being enjoyed on the half shell, Ming the Mollusk managed to live for over 507 years! With that many years under its belt, it’s no doubt that this is one mollusk that would have been quite the tasty aphrodisiac!
Charlie The Macaw
While most birds seem to meet their fates against glass doors, Charlie the Macaw has proven that some birds are smarter than others. Hatched in 1899, Charlie is not only still alive, she’s sitting pretty at 117 years old! Living in the U.K, Charlie is old enough to have survived two world wars and is even older than Queen Elizabeth II. This is one bird that won’t be battered and fried any time soon.
If you’ve been using up the sponges in your kitchen too quickly, you may want to go diving in Antarctica. Many of the aquatic sponges sitting around the ocean floor near the world’s coldest continent are old. Very old. And by “very old”, we mean “10,000 years old” — or more! Think about that the next time you complain about getting a few wrinkles.