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Adorable Tortoise Loves Rubbing His Shell Against Homemade Scratching Devic

"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. 

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Meet The Oldest Known Land Animal Alive Today: Jonathan The Tortoise

Hello, everyone! Get ready to meet someone so very wise, so very old, and so very…wrinkly? This Guinness World Record holder is the oldest known land animal alive today, clocking in at just 190 years old, it's Jonathan the Tortoise! Born in 1832, Jonathan has lived through many significant historic events including wars and over 40 American presidents!

According to an article by the Guinness World Records: "His estimated year of birth also predates the release of the Penny Black, the first postage stamp (1840), the building of the first skyscraper (1885) and the completion of the Eiffel Tower (1887) – the tallest iron structure.  Other human milestones to have taken place in his long life include the first photograph of a person (1838), the first incandescent light bulb (1878) and the first powered flight (1903)."

"Although originating from the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, Jonathan has resided on the remote island of St Helena in the South Atlantic since 1882.  
When Jonathan was brought to St Helena, he was already fully grown. Based on known data for this species, that would indicate he was about 50 years of age at the time (hence his estimated birth year of 1832 to make him the longest-lived animal on land). Jonathan was gifted to the then-governor of the Overseas British territory, William Grey-Wilson (in office 1890–97), and he has lived at the governor's residence ever since." Via Guinness World Records.

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Giant Tortoise Apprehended By Local Police

According to a recent BBC report: "A giant tortoise managed to make it about a mile across a town before being apprehended by police. Titan, who weighs in at a whopping nine stone (60kg), was found in Kesgrave, near Ipswich, on Friday. It took three police officers to lift the wayward pet into a van and drive him home to his worried owner." Now that is one heavy tortoise! 

"Richard Aston said it was a 'mystery' how Titan made it that far as he had not broken through his shelter. 'Maybe he teleported there,' he said. When police called Mr. Aston, he was not at home so had no idea his 35-year-old pet African sulcata tortoise was on the loose. 'There was no sign of the fence being broken, and he can't jump over it - it's three feet high,' he said." How on earth did Titan manage to find his way out of his enclosed area?? All that matters is that now he's safe and sound!

 

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175 Pound TikTok Tortoise Tiptoe Gets A Yummy Feast Everyday

@Caitlinandtiptoe is a Tiktok account with over 3 million followers run by Caitlin, a woman who makes very beautiful meals for her 175-pound tortoise almost every day. You see, I don't know many giant tortoises, but it seems that this one lives a very luxurious life. They say the best way to go viral is to find your niche, and it seems that Caitlin and Tiptoe surely discovered there are not many accounts with similar content. Her account grew quickly and Tiptoe began melting peoples' hearts from all over the world.

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Little-Known White Leopard Tortoises Appreciation

Tortoises are cool. That's an inarguable fact. Tiny tortoises, big tortoises, all tortoises are cool as heck. They can live up to 150 years old, and there's even one who has lived up to 255 years. And tortoises basically carry a shield on their backs all day long and are therefore basically invincible. If that's not cool, we don't know what is. 

But have you ever seen a white leopard tortoise? Now, in the hierarchy of tortoise coolness, they possibly take the first spot. Only possibly though, because, as stated previously, all tortoises are the coolest tortoises.


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Tortoise Fashion: When Your Grandma Got Too Much Time On Her Hands

Tortoises can be pretty adorable themselves, but add one of these cozies, and it's something else. 

Just remember that if you do buy or knit one of these by yourself, make sure you don't leave it on indefinitely, especially not on hot days or near a heat source.  

Tortoises absorb UVB through the skin on their legs and head, so as long as they don't wear a cozy all the time, it won't hurt the tortoise to have a stroll in the yard dressed as a dinosaur, a pig, a shark, or a cheeseburger.



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Woman And Pet Tortoise Celebrate 56-Year Old Friendship

For her 10th birthday, in 1962, Jeanna Smith was surprised with a special gift: a pet tortoise. 

Now, 56 years and 5 dogs later, they are still together. 



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100-Year-Old Tortoise Saves His Species By Fathering 800 Offsprings

Diego, a 100-year-old Galapagos Tortoise (Chelonoidis hoodensis), from the Galapagos island, is set to be released to his native island of Espanola this March, according to the Galapagos National Parks service (PNG).

Park rangers on Santa Cruz Island, California, believe Diego's contribution to the program has resulted in him being the patriarch of at least 40 percent of their 2,000 tortoise population!

Diego is a hero, he single-handedly saved his species by fathering 800 offsprings! 

Jorge Carrion, the PNG director, said, "About 1,800 tortoises have been returned to Espanola and now with natural reproduction, we have approximately 2,000 tortoises. This shows that they are able to grow, they are able to reproduce, they are able to develop."

And just to make this even more impressive, around 50 years ago, there were only two males and 12 females of Diego's species currently living on Espanola. Plus, they were too spread out to actually reproduce. 

Story via DailyMail

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1,529 Exotic Turtles And Tortoises Were Found Trying To Be Smuggled Into The Philippines

1,529 different species of turtles and tortoises, including Star Tortoises, Redfoot Tortoises, Sulcata Tortoises, and Red-eared Slider turtles, were trying to be smuggled into the Philippines' main airport, this past Sunday. The passenger carrying the animals from a flight from Hong Kong, said to a Filipino national, abandoned the exotic animals in four items of luggage that have since been intercepted by authorities.

Miraculously, all of the animals were found to be alive and believed to be worth around $86,000, according to the Bureau of Customs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

In their announcement, the Bureau of Customs NAIA released a series of photos of the smuggled turtles, some of which had been bound in duct tape. The animals have now been turned over to to the Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit of the Philippines Department on Natural Resources, the Bureau of Customs PH said.

Story originally found on abc.news.

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