The male reptile, whose name "Alagba" in the Yoruba language means "the old man", died after suffering a brief illness, reported Toyin Ajamu, the private secretary of King Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi.
The royal official mourned the death and noted that the tortoise had turned Ogbomoso, a town in southwestern Nigeria, into a center of tourism and would therefore be greatly missed.
The animal, whose species is characterized by great longevity, became popular because the current "soun" (monarchical title) "used his personal resources to attend to his well-being," said the king's private secretary.
The tortoise was moved to the royal residence in 1770 while Soun Ikumoyede Ajao reigned. Currently, Ajamu confirmed that the turtle "had two palace staff dedicated to it."
"On a daily basis, Alagba had tourists who visited her from different parts of the world," said Ajamu, who remarked that the palace and the tourism sector "are mourning the death of Alagba."
In order to keep the popular reptile in memory, the secretary announced that there are plans to preserve his body so that tourists continue to enjoy his presence, as provided by King Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi.
Despite Alagba's enormous longevity, it is not the oldest giant tortoise that has ever existed. In 2006 at the Calcutta Zoo, Adwaita, another reptile of its species that was according to transcended 356 years, passed away.
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