CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Eating chicken brains is one of the secrets to living more than 111 years, according to Australia's oldest-ever man.
, a retired cattle rancher, celebrated his 111th birthday on Monday, one day older than World War I veteran Jack Lockett was when he died in 2002.
Kruger told the Australian
Broadcasting Corporation in an interview days before the milestone that a weekly poultry delicacy had contributed to his longevity.
“Chicken brains. You know, chickens have a head, and inside there's a brain, and they're delicious little things,” Kruger explained.
Greg Kruger, Kruger's 74-year-old son, attributes his father's long life to the simple Outback lifestyle
Kruger, who is writing his autobiography, was described as "probably one of the sharpest residents here" by nursing home manager Melanie Calvert.
Calvert described the 111-year-old's memory as "amazing."
Kruger has become the oldest-ever Australian man, according to John Taylor, founder of The Australian Book
Christina Cook, who died in 2002 at the age of 114 years and 148 days, was the oldest-verified Australian.