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article imageWorld's second-oldest animal dies at 270

By Stephen Morgan     Apr 27, 2013 in Odd News
A local paper in Giza, Egypt, has announced the death of a turtle considered to be the world's second-oldest animal at the age of 270.
Al Arabiya reports that the “Royal turtle” was kept at the Giza Zoo in Egypt, once considered the greatest zoo in the Middle East and Africa. The turtle was thought to be second only in age to the Adwaita turtle in India.
However, according to Wired the Adwaita turtle died at the age of 250 in 2006, so the Royal Turtle from Egypt may have actually broken the record. The turtle is called “royal” because it was given to the zoo by King Farouk in 1936. The Adwaita turtle, on the other hand, was a pet of British general Robert Clive of the East India Company and was later donated to the Calcutta zoo in West Bengal 130 years ago.
An official from the Giza Zoo told Muslims Today, “the turtle’s death was caused by health problem that affects animals due to old age.”
The news has provoked a string of comical Tweets, one saying that the turtle survived the eras of “[King]Farouk, Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak, but couldn’t stand Mursi’s reign (the current President)
If you're wondering about how to copy these animals' longevity, the Adwaita turtle ate a diet of wheat bran, carrots, lettuce, soaked gram, bread, grass and salt.
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