Tiny Tim the tortoise has “grape” expectations
Monday 11 April 2011
This tiny month-old Egyptian tortoise at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire, is dwarfed by a juicy grape.
He is part of a small litter born to a group of tortoises seized by HM Customs and Excise last year that were destined for the illegal pet trade
Weighing in at just 6g on hatching, the titchy tortoise will reach 500g when fully-grown, at which point he might just be big enough to enjoy a whole grape to himself.
These critically endangered creatures originate from Egypt and Libya, but visitors to Whipsnade Zoo can see the pint-sized chap taking one of his slow jaunts around his specially designed miniature home.
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