Since there is snow covering everything outside in the Rocky Mountains I am spending a lot of my time indoors lying around and resting up or as I like to think, “I am conserving my energy”.
Needless to say I have a lot of time on my paws to think about stuff. I am an older dog and that means that I have had many years to see things and so I have a lot of stuff to think about as I conserve my energy.
Some days, especially these cold days of winter, I really feel old. I feel like I must be one of the oldest animals around and that got me to wondering what is really the oldest living thing on Earth?
I am ancient (I am over ten years old) compared to some animals like tiny Mayflies that live for only one day. But, there are a lot of other animals that live much, much longer than me. My owners and other humans may live anywhere from 70 to 100 years, and Tortoises live almost 190 years.
But, compared to plants and trees, those are all just youngsters. Many trees can live for much, much, much longer than that. In fact, the oldest tree on earth is located near the Rocky Mountains – actually just to the west of the Rocky Mountains in the Great Basin where it is very dry.
The oldest known trees and living organism on the planet is a Bristlecone Pine Tree. There is one Bristlecone Pine Tree, called Methuselah, that is almost 5,000 years old!
That means that tree was already over 4,000 years old when Columbus discovered America.
It was nearly 3,000 years old when Cleopatra ruled in Egypt!