186-year old tortoise and gay rights


This video says about itself:

On Saturday 19 March 2016, an historic event took place in the grounds of Plantation House, St Helena Island.

Jonathan the Giant Tortoise – the oldest known living land animal on Earth and creakingly old national treasure at an estimated age of 184 years – was washed for the first time in recorded history by vet Dr Joe Hollins.

Joe explained that the reason for bathing Jonathan came after he cleaned – and transformed – the shell of one of the female tortoises at Plantation House. Joe consulted a tortoise specialist to establish the method of cleaning, which includes gentle, circular scrubbing using non-abrasive materials. Filmed and Edited: Kimberley Yon – Roberts (SHG’s Press Office).

From Wikipedia:

Jonathan (hatched c. 1832)[1][2] is a Seychelles giant tortoise (Aldabrachelys gigantea hololissa) that lives on the island of Saint Helena, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Jonathan was brought to the island from the Seychelles in 1882, along with three other tortoises at about 50 years of age. He was named in the 1930s by Governor Sir Spencer Davis. He continues to live in the grounds of Plantation House, the official residence of the Governor, and belongs to the government of Saint Helena….

If he really was hatched in 1832 he could now be the oldest known living reptile on earth.

In 1991, Jonathan got a female companion, called Frederica.

They mated quite often, but did not produce eggs.

Recently, Frederica was investigated. It turned out the tortoise was probably male and should be called Frederic.

Dutch NOS TV says this discovery may help LGBTQ equality on Saint Helena. Last year there was a proposal on the island for equal marriage for LGBTQ people, but it failed.

Taking about lack of equal rights, limiting ourselves to Africa: in three African countries homosexuality is punished by the death penalty. They are Mauritania, Sudan and Somalia. Especially the regimes of Sudan and Somalia have strong military ties to the ‘free world’ of the NATO governments. I doubt very much whether President Trump and Vice President Pence of the USA mind these regimes’ death penalty for LGBTQ people.

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