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China Daily | Updated:2017-11-27 07:35JAMESTOWN, St. Helena – He is a tourist attraction worth traveling a long way to see – Jonathan the giant tortoise is perhaps the worlds oldest land animal, living in pampered luxury on the remote British island of St. Helena.Aged at least 185 – though no one knows for certain – Jonathan should prepare himself for an influx of visitors now that an airport has opened on the small island in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean.The islands most famous resident, Jonathan slowly roams the lush gardens of the governors house, eating carrots, lettuce, cucumber, apples and pears prepared in the governors kitchen.He appears on the islands five-pence coin, on immigration stamps, and in old black-and-white photographs alongside Boer War prisoners in the early 20th century.”He is an institution, my V.I.P. – Very Important Patient,” said his vet Catherine Man, during her weekly checkup of Jonathan, who stretched out his long, wrinkled neck to eat some chopped carrot.”He knows our voices and is very gentle, but it can be a bit dangerous for my fingers when I feed him.”Jonathan originates from the Seychelles but the circumstances of his arrival on St. Helena remain a mystery and the exact year is much disputed.Some unconfirmed reports suggest 1882 – a few decades after Napoleon died in exile on the island on 1821.St. Helena, located 1,900 kilometers from the African mainland, is one of the most remote places on Earth.Until now, the islands only link to the outside world was by ship, but the new airport brings tourists on a weekly commercial flight from Johannesburg.They will be able to visit Jonathan, viewing him and his three younger companions – Emma, David and Frederica – from a designated “corridor” to ensure the tortoises are left largely undisturbed.Lisa Phillips, the governor of St. Helena, said that when she arrived to take up the post last year she went to meet Jonathan before she stepped inside the governors house.”He loves company,” she said, even suggesting that venerable Jonathan is attracted to Emma, a mere youth at the age of 49.”He still enjoys the ladies,” Phillips said.Agence France – pressePhotoFirst step to elect Castro successorCoral transplant raises survival hopesBRICS are urged to turn Sept summit into actionsIndonesia extends Bali airport closure due to Agung eruptionUS shopping season starts with record high online salesIndonesia raises alert to highest level 4 on Bali volcanoMost Viewed in 24 HoursExclusiveAfricans in China portray their own stories in filmFamily of Chinese man killed in US relives memoriesChinese elements in western mainstream mediaWeekly PhotoThe world in photos: Nov 20-26NewsmakerBRICS are urged to turn Sept summit into actionsMedia group launches app to aid fight against povertySpecialPresident Xi attends APEC meetingUS President Donald Trump visits ChinaReporters JournalGentrification, segregation cause for concern in growing DCTimes Square stunt drives home a bittersweet realityChina-JapanLi tells Japanese business leaders its time for bilateral cooperationChina-USYao helps AB InBev fight alcohol abuseChina-EuropeLondon gets a taste for Chinese spiritChina-AfricaChinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark concludes humanitarian mission in TanzaniaBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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