Friday, December 23, 2005

The Tortoise And The Camel

I just turned 50 years old the other day. By the way thank you for the bd wishes si & Bryan. As I sat contemplating the age 50 and I was wondering how many living animals besides humans live this long. I knew about some birds and turtles living a long time but I was interested to see how many other living creatures get to live to my age so I looked it up.

As you see by the information below I would still be a young buck if I were a tortoise. On the other hand I would be ready to kick the bucket if I happened to be a camel.

The only thing this post proves is that people think about the dumbest things when they turn 50.

Cats and cetaceans (whales and dolphins) have lifespans in the 20-30 year range.
Large herbivores (cattle, horses, camels, deer) in the 30-50 year range.
Birds usually live 10-30 years, with parrots - particularly macaws - the notable exception, with lifespans ranging from 40-80 years.
Elephants have lifespans of 50-80 years. Blue Whales can live from 40 to 80 years.
Dogs live up to 25 years.
Tortoise’s live up to 150 years.