The world’s oldest living animal is believed to be a 184-year-old giant tortoise named Jonathan, which lives on the British outpost of St Helena and has just been given a clean-up ahead of a Royal visit.

Almost two centuries’ worth of grime was scrubbed off its back using a loofah, a soft brush and surgical soap and it was only after this bath that it was realised that the rings on his shell, which usually tell a tortoises’ age, had completely worn away.

The tortoise was already 50 years old when it was brought to St Helena as a gift to the governor from the Seychelles in the late 19th century and is 45ins long and can stand up to 2ft tall.

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