Fluffy Friday

100-year-old tortoise gets given special birthday treat!

Published Friday, May 1 2015, 02:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Melbourne Zoo's resident giant tortoise Little John marked a massive milestone last week as he turned 100 years old!

Yes, really. He's now 100!

Here at Reveal HQ we love our cute, baby animal snaps, but hearing about Little John's big day we thought it was about time we give our older animal friends some loving too.

Happy birthday Little John!

Giant tortoise turns 100 years old at Melbourne Zoo, Australia
23 April

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The giant tortoise celebrated living through a century on 23 April and while he sadly isn't eligible for a letter from Her Majesty the Queen, he did get a special body massage and a belly tickle from his zoo keeper.

Swings and roundabouts, hey!

Treating the old guy to a rub down, his keeper Kristie Lawrence made sure to oil up Little John's shell. Not only to stop his shell from drying out and cracking, but so the birthday boy could be looking his best for his celebration.

The 200kg tortoise (now that is heavy!) very much enjoyed his birthday treat and lucky for him, he could be in for plenty more as he is set to live for another 100 birthdays to come.

Speaking about Little John, Kristie said: "He's just a beautiful, gentle giant. He's got a few more birthdays to go, in captivity, giant tortoises can live to 200."

If only he could speak, we bet he'd have plenty of stories in him!

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