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People have only just found out that this 186-year-old tortoise may be gay

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The world’s oldest tortoise has just been outed as gay.

At 186 years old, Jonathan is the oldest inhabitant of the island of St Helena, and may even be the oldest reptile on Earth.

Back in 1991, the French consul, guardian of Longwood, decided to matchmake on behalf of Jonathan.

Jonathan the Tortoise
Jonathan the Tortoise

He brought him another tortoise, named Frederic, and the couple have enjoyed a wonderful 26 years together, and are said to be inseparable.

The only thing is, the female tortoise Frederica may actually be a male tortoise, and has tentatively been rechristened Frederic, The Times reports.

Their keepers only discovered this very recently, when “Frederica” was being treated for lesions to their shell.

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Same-sex sexual activity for human beings was only legalised in St Helena in 2001.

Although various anti-discrimination laws were passed in 2009, same-sex marriage is still not permitted in St Helena.

It was however passed in the adjacent islands of Ascension and Tristan da Cunha in 2017.

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