Meet Jonathan: The 191-Year-Old Tortoise Still Full of Life!
going strong: to continue to be healthy, active, or successful, especially after a long time
Jonathan, a giant tortoise, recently celebrated his 191st birthday. This makes him the oldest living land animal. He lives on St. Helena, where he has become well-known. He was born around 1832, before the invention of the telephone and the lightbulb.
Despite his age, Jonathan is still going strong. He has a strong appetite and an active libido. An interesting aspect of Jonathan’s life is his relationship with a tortoise named Fredericka. After a vet discovered this tortoise was actually a male, he was renamed Fred. While Jonathan also has a romantic relationship with a female named Emma, these tortoises seem to be ambivalent to gender when mating.
Jonathan’s health is excellent. His veterinarian believes he could live to see his third century.
1. My grandfather is 90 years old and still going strong; he walks five miles every day.
2. The small bakery in our town has been going strong for over fifty years.
3. Their marriage is going strong after 40 years; they’re as happy as ever.