Jun 3, 2015

Guy Walks His Pet Tortoise Around the Streets of Tokyo

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Photograph by @secorisou on Twitter

 

19 years ago, 62-year-old Mitani Hisao walked into a Tokyo pet shop and purchased a five-centimetre baby tortoise. Hisao calls him Bon-chan and the African spurred tortoise now weighs 70 kg (154 lbs) and has a shell that measures 75 cm (2 ft 5 in) in diameter.

 

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Two to three times a week Hisao and Bon-chan go for long walks (1.5 – 2 hours!) on the streets of Tokyo, much to the delight of all onlookers and pedestrians. The slow moving duo cause a stir wherever they go.

 

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Although he is married, Misao, a funeral director, does not have any children. He says he considers Bon-Chan his son, and tells The Mirror:

“Bon-chan is the only one in my family that listens to me, so I confide in him all the time. I just say his name and he walks over to me.”

 

 

 

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