- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - Orville the tortoise has turned 108.

Theodore Roosevelt was president of the United States and the Chicago Cubs were in the World Series when the 375-pound Aldabra tortoise was born. He’s currently on display at Reptile Gardens in the Rapid City area.

The Rapid City Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1jJ1BBN) that Orville celebrated his birthday Sunday by sunbathing and eating watermelon. Museum spokesman John Brockelsby says watermelon to a tortoise is like eating ice cream.

Reptile Gardens obtained the turtle last year from a private collector in Florida.

Orville still has a ways to go to break the record. The oldest tortoise at the South Dakota tourist attraction lived to be nearly 130.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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