With parrots, we skirt the edges of the human lifespan.
Macaws, for example, can live some 60 years in the wild. But some have sailed past the 100-year mark, most notably Charlie, who was reportedly owned by Winston Churchill.
Taught to spew obscenities against Hitler and the Nazis, Charlie was a fixture at a British garden center for years.
As with giant tortoises, it can be difficult to substantiate birth dates for centenarian parrots—and researchers have cast doubt on Charlie’s provenance—so the exact details are murky.
The bowhead whale is second only in size to the blue whale—but it’s apparently No. 1 among mammals in terms of sheer lifespan.
Scientists have discovered at least three of the whales are 135 to 172 years old, with a fourth clocking in at 211 years old.
They figured this out by studying the creatures’ eye lenses, and by finding ivory and stone harpoon points buried in other whales.
Those tips haven’t been used since the 1880s. These discoveries doubled the known lifespan for the creatures.