The October 9th, 1920 edition of the Town Crier has a small piece on the age of animals.
Sparrows have lived to be forty years old. A horse does not live much more than twenty-seven years. Cats get to about thirteen years old. The tortoise is supposed to live to be between 300 and 400 years old. Some persons say toads live forever, but, of course, that has not been proved, though certainly they live to an exceedingly great age. Both an eagle and a crow have been known to live to be 120 but the wren only about three years. An elephant’s lifetime is about 150 years, but he isn’t regarded as grown up until he is about twenty-five years old.
Do you want to know how to live forever like our friends the toads? Marc Freedman discussed his new book How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations with Eric Liu at the Phinney Center last night as part of Town Hall’s Civics Series. Together they explored our drive for longevity and the perils of age segregation and shared his discussions with social innovators from across the globe about bringing the generations together for mutual benefit.