From the moment an animal is conceived, their body grows older until it finally reaches its expiration date. It’s the natural revolving door of life. Fortunately for some animals, their overall life span is much longer than others. While people on average live to see seventy years old, some animals can live much longer. Usually, animals have a better chance of survival in captivity without the fear of predators or hunger. But, as we’ll see, some animals have done quite well in the wild. So, which animals have lived the longest? Here are 25 oldest animals to have ever lived.
Tuatara lizards only live in New Zealand and grow at very slow rates. While most only live to 60 years old, some have been recorded to live up to 200 years.
Born in 1986, Scooter the domestic Siamese cat was awarded the World’s Oldest Cat by Guinness Book of World Records. So you don’t have to do the math, at the time of this writing, that makes Scooter 31 years old. Its predecessor lived to be 26 years old.
The world’s oldest dog was named Bluey. An Australian Cattle dog, he lived to be 29 years old. Most dogs only live to be eight to fifteen years old.
The world’s oldest human alive today reached 117. Emma Morano lives in Italy and is likely the last person alive to have lived in the 19th century.
At age 51, Shayne the elder horse from Essex could potentially be the oldest horse in the world. He’s said to have inherited his longevity from a previous record holder. Despite suffering from arthritis, he’s still in good health.
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