Though there are a number of notable rabbits who have lived upwards of 14 years, the longest-lived rabbit so far recorded was a wild rabbit caught on August 6th, 1964, in Tasmania, Australia.Subsequently named Flopsy and kept as a pet, the rabbit lived a further 18 years and 10.75 months making his/her actual age at passing on very close to 19 years.

Perhaps the spider’s diet – it was a “bird-eating spider” – made the difference.

If you can catch & chow down on birds, you can certainly hold off the Grim Reaper for a while.

The oldest documented dog recorded was Bluey, an Australian Cattle Dog who was born in June of 1910 and died on November 14th, 1939.

Aging may be a natural life process but for our animal friends, it’s more often a curse: predators pick out the slow, weak and old for an easier kill.

As pampered pets and protected in zoos, however, animals have a much greater chance of reaching ages simply not possible in the wild.

These 10 “grand paws” lead the senior circuit with the most golden years.

According to the House Rabbit Society, rabbits kept indoors may expect to live from 6 to 8 years and rabbits kept outdoors in hutches typically enjoy shorter lifespans, probably due to environmental factors.

Insects are among the shortest-lived of all creatures, some only surviving a day or so after achieving their adult stage.

Spiders aren’t insects but as Arthropods they share many traits with them.

Surprisingly, brief lifespans aren’t one of them – a fact that will dismay many who can’t abide the hairy little (or not so little) beasties.

Most people would imagine the average spider would live for a few weeks, couple of months at most… That does appear to be the case, and the ancient arachnid in question is (or was) a female tarantula captured in Mexico in 1935.