Tortoise Gus — a local celebrity in Halifax — is celebrating his 100th birthday this weekend.
Museum manager Jeff Gray says 100 tortoise years are comparable to 100 human years — a big milestone for Gus.
“In the wild, they generally live to be about 60 (years old),” Gray said. “That, though, is largely due to human impact.”
Gus, dubbed “the lettuce king,” is believed to be the oldest living Gopher tortoise in the world.
“Owing to the fact that he doesn’t have those external threats is likely the reason for his longevity,” Gray said.
Gus has been at the N.S. museum since the 1940s, when a former director bought him for $5 while travelling through Florida.
Since then he’s become a well-known figure in the province, and brings many to the museum. He used to attend events, but retired when he was 85.
“The only time he really leaves the building is for walks in the backyard or during fire drills,” Gray said.
This weekend, staff are hosting six birthday parties to celebrate his centennial year.
The first party kicked off at 11 a.m. with about 50 children and their families in attendance.
More parties will be held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day this weekend.