"Zoo keepers made a tortoise a homemade scratching station and an adorable video shows the creature wiggling while trying it out. Morgan Brem, a Dallas Zoo intern, created the scratching device for Sunny the radiated tortoise. Made from broom heads, it's perfect for the little animal to itch the impossible to reach spots on the top of its shell. The video shows Sunny wiggling its behind to scratch." This scratching station looks so adorably satisfying for Sunny. We love to see animals being taken care of properly and catered to specifically based on their personalities and preferences!
"Robin Ryan, supervisor of ambassador animal experiences at Dallas Zoo, said: 'She made it adjustable to see if our ambassador armadillo would also be interested, but so far, we have only seen Sunny use it. The base is wood with a turf mat cover for belly scratch opportunity, the frame is PVC, and the brush heads are held on with conduit fittings.' To 'maximize scratching abilities', the top brush was lowered twice for Sunny, who has been at the Dallas Zoo since 1980. Robin said tortoises' shells are part of their spine and they have nerve endings which run on the top." Sunny is often given different items in his habitat to scratch on.