The Top 15 Longest Living Creatures on the Planet
How long do you think you can live in this world if your life does not encounter any sudden ailments or accidents? Studies so far have shown us that a human being can expect to live up to 115 years (with some exceptions that have lived even a few years longer). It all depends on your lifestyle and diet which determines how long you may live unless of course fate has something else in store for you. For any person, this is a long time to live and experience life and the world. It is different with animals though. For many animals, around the globe living a 100 years is no big deal. Here are some animals that have really long lives.
1 The Albatross
This majestic bird has a wingspan of 3.5 meters and has an average life of 40 years but in 2018 a 67-year-old albatross named Wisdom gave birth to her 36th chick. She is the “oldest bird “in this world born in 1951 and tagged at the age of 5 by scientists of the United States Geological Survey. Incidentally, the wandering albatross is also the bird with the largest wingspan measuring upto 4.7 feet.
2The griffon vulture
The maximum life recorded of this majestic flying species is 41.5 years. It breeds in the mountain crags of North Africa, Asia, and Europe, lays a single egg and makes a loose colony wherever it goes. This bird is also called the “old world vulture”. It nests on high mountain ranges undisturbed by humans or animals and are natural scavengers.
3African Wild elephants
African wild elephants are supposed to have an average lifespan of 17-19 years but they have surprised us all by living up to the ripe old age of 56 years! They live longer in their natural surroundings and are known to die faster in a zoo or in any sort of captivity.
4The Hyacinth Macaw
This is a gorgeous indigo blue parrot native to central and eastern South America. It is also considered one of the longest parrots with a length of 100cms and it can live up to 50 years on average. In the wild, their diets are controlled due to the availability of their natural food. They mostly feed on tree nuts which are high in fiber. Their natural diet has high fat content such as palm nuts, Brazil nuts, walnuts and macadamias. They also eat coconuts, pistachios and cashews too.
5Long-finned female eel
As compared to other eels, long-finned eels are smaller and slower growing breeds of fish and grow only 15-25 mm annually but they outlive their compatriots by living up to 60 years of age. Usually, the females outlive the males.