KOLKATA, India – A giant aldabra tortoise thought to be around 250 years old has died in the Kolkata zoo of liver failure, Indian authorities said on Thursday.
The tortoise had been the pet of Robert Clive, the famous British military officer in colonial India around the middle of the 18th century, a local minister in West Bengal state said.
Local authorities say the tortoise, named â€œAddwaityaâ€ meaning the â€œThe One and Onlyâ€ in Bengali, was the oldest tortoise in the world but they have not presented scientific proof to back up their claim.”
That is ok, read the next graph and you can see that the tortoise was still exceptionally old.
â€œHistorical records show he was a pet of British general Robert Clive of the East India Company and had spent several years in his sprawling estate before he was brought to the zoo about 130 years ago,â€ West Bengal Forest Minister Jogesh Barman said.
â€œWe have documents to prove that he was more than 150 years old, but we have pieced together other evidence like statements from authentic sources and it seems that he is more than 250 years old,â€ he said.