With advancements in medical technology and our understanding of the human body, people are now living longer, however this does in no way match the achievement of perhaps the oldest living animal who died at the age of 255:
A giant tortoise thought to be one of the world’s oldest creatures has died at Calcutta Zoo. Local lore said Addwaita the Aldabra tortoise was around 250-years-old. She had been at the zoo since 1875.
Addwaita, whose Bengali name means “the one and only”, was one of four tortoises brought to India by British sailors from the Seychelles. She was a gift for Lord Robert Clive of the East India Company and apparently spent 125 years living in large garden before moving to the zoo.