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Country With The World’s Oldest Tortoise, That’s Also Gay, Legalized Gay Marriage

Back in October, we shared the news with you that the oldest living animal in the world, a 186-year-old tortoise named Johnathon might be gay.

After years of wondering why he and his mate Frederica didn’t reproduce, one veterinarian discovered that Frederica was actually a male.

Since then, Johnathon and Fredrick have been enjoying their time out in the open and it seems the island country of St. Helena is ready to support them in the best of ways.

St. Helena’s legislative council just voted in favor of same-sex marriage with nine votes for and two votes against.

This vote arrived after a gay couple applied to marry earlier this year. But due to the island’s unclear law towards same-sex marriage, a call for public opinion was summoned by the Legislative Council to decide what to do.

Cruyff Bucley, a member of the council said to St Helena Online, “This bill ushers in a new level of respect for minority groups.”

Hon. Chrstine Scipio-o’Nean added, “We cannot discriminate. We must not, and we must strive to ensure equality.”

Now, gay couples within the 4,500 people on the island will be able to marry in only a matter of weeks.

The World's Oldest Tortoise Might Be Gay

The oldest tortoise alive today might be gay.

Johnathon is an 186-year-old tortoise living on the island of St Helena.

Not only is Johnathon believed to be the oldest creature on the Earth today, but locals of the island are now realizing Johnathon just might be gay too.

Back in the 1991, the tortoise became restless and aggressive. To fix that, locals got him together with fellow tortoise Frederica whom they assumed was a her.

For the more than two decades that followed, locals have been confused why the two never produced any offspring.

Then recently, Frederica had a lesion on her shell. When an island vet treated the tortoise, he found that Frederica may not be a female after all.

It’s harder to tell a tortoise’s sex. That said, there are clues such as stomach and nostril shape.

Experts are currently undergoing investigation to confirm Frederica’s sex, but in the meantime the entire island, which even uses an image of Johnathon on their five pence coin, is patiently waiting (along with the world).

h/t: Evening Standard

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