Find out which animals live the longest.
The average lifespan of a human being is 78.5 years, but some animals can live much longer. The tortoises you see above can live on average to be 100. They were actually a couple for 115 years before breaking up.
Tuataras are reptiles which live in New Zealand, and it can live for over 100 years. In 2009, a male tuatara became a father for the first time... at 111 years-old.
Western Lowland Gorillas live to be about 50. Colo is a 55 year-old gorilla who is the oldest gorilla living in captivity.
Asian Elephants live to be about 60 years old, but according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest elephant ever was Lin Wang who lived to be 86. Lin Wang was actually a part of history: during World War II, he carried supplies for the Japanese Army through the jungles of Mynamar before he was captured by the Chinese in 1943.
Cockatoos can live to be between 40-60 years old, which is pretty impressive for a bird, but the cockatoo you see above, named Cookie, just celebrated his 79th birthday.
Bowhead whales are the most impressive, though, because their life span averages 200 years! One of the reasons they live so long is they have a very low body temperature, and the lower an animal's body temperature, the longer it can live.
Thanks to the Huffington Post for this story.
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