SD zoo celebrates giant tortoise's 130th birthday

Associated Press

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Methuselah the 500-pound giant tortoise turned 130 years old on Saturday and a Rapid City zoo threw him a birthday party.

Reptile Gardens spokesman John Brockelsby tells the Rapid City Journal that the tortoise has called the city home since 1956.

The two-day party started Saturday and locals and out-of-towners alike turned out to wish Methuselah a happy birthday. And the big tortoise got to eat watermelon, his favorite food.

Brockelsby believes tortoises are long-lived because they are vegetarians and they move in slowly and are gentle. He says the zoo expects Methuselah to be around for at least another 20 years.