Britain's oldest pet dies as tortoise that survived two world
wars passes away aged 130 after being bitten on the leg by a rat

He survived the Blitz, five monarchs and both World Wars.

But Thomas, who was Britain's oldest resident, has died aged 130 - after being bitten by a rat.

He was born in 1882 and was pulled out of the rubble of a bomb-hit house in Essex in 1945.
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Tearful June Le Gallez said: 'We are all very upset as you can imagine, Thomas was like a member of the family.

'He was put down after he was bitten on the leg by a rogue rat in the garden and the wound become so inflamed that it started pushing into his shell."
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Thomas was kept company by fellow tortoises Gorky and Carstaias, who are both 50-years old.

June said: 'Gorky got bitten on the nose too but Thomas suffered the brunt of the attack."
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much more, with pictures of a handsome Thomas and the world events he lumbered through, at Daily Mail link above