A tortoise who recently turned 190 years old and his fellow islanders went all out to celebrate its birthday. Jonathan is actually the oldest living land animal on Earth today. These little moments not only bring joy to people’s lives who are around those animals but also showcase the beauty of our ecosystem.
The tortoise and its story
According to reports, Jonathan was born in the early 1800s, about 200 years ago. For 140 years, he has lived on the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, which is a six-hour flight from Johannesburg, South Africa. When he first arrived on the island, his age was measured to be around 50 years, and it’s possible that he’s even older. As St. Helena’s resident veterinarian for many years, Joe Hollins, took care of the enormous turtle. Hollins has spoken about how Jonathan has lived through some monumental moments of history, like numerous conflicts, multiple kings, queens, and leaders, the birth and boom of technology, and much more. And through all the ups and downs, he has been on that island having fun.
The Birthday Celebration
Being the most permanent inhabitant and a much-loved member of his island community, there was a three-day birthday party thrown for Jonathan, where he indulged in all of his favorite vegetables. As a token to remember the occasion, unique stamps were sold at the party. The grounds of Jonathan’s residence, Plantation House, featured a variety of posters honoring his life, along with images and words from those who have visited him throughout the years. A number of activities were planned, including a substantial vegetarian feast that was broadcast live across the world on Plantation House’s Facebook page. To cap off the three days of events, an animated video and song honoring Jonathan’s life were debuted at an outdoor market at Plantation House. The final gift was a birthday cake that was made of his favorite foods.
This 100-Year-Old-Woman Ticks Off Another Bucket List Item by Getting Arrested
There’s no right age to be adventurous and fulfill your dreams. But what if your bucket list includes getting arrested? Yes, Ms. Bickenton, a former army nurse, ticked off one of the weirdest things from her bucket list. On her 100th birthday, she got herself arrested by police officers. Let’s see how this turned out!
Ms. Bickenton worked in the army as a nurse for many decades. After her retirement, she started living in Narracan Gardens Residential Aged Care. Throughout her life, she had no run-in with law enforcement. In her 100 years of life, she’s never lost her driver’s license or even gotten arrested for any transgression.
Ms. Bickenton’s 100th Birthday Blast
When we call it a blast, we definitely aren’t exaggerating it! After the police got to know her bucket list wish, they didn’t disappoint. When she was celebrating the big day with her friends, three public officers from Moe Police Station surprised her. When asked about the experience, she called this birthday her best experience up until now. To make it as realistic as they could, the officers put her in handcuffs and wheeled her out of the care center to the station. According to the birthday girl, their softness in handling her, surprised her a great deal.
The Police’s Reaction to Her Wish
On their Facebook page, the police expressed how happy they were to be able to fulfill Ms. Bickenton’s birthday wish. In their post, they exclaimed that these were the kind of arrests that they wanted to make, all in fun and games. They also wished Ms. Bickenton a very happy birthday. The community showed an outpouring of love on their posts, appreciating the kind of community policing done by the officers. Some of them also added that they couldn’t wait to get to 100 and have a similar experience.