Created on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00
In a land as weird as Japan, it surely takes a lot to surprise its people. But a recent sight of an old man walking his tortoise has recently fascinated and shocked a lot of Japanese people as well as people of other nationalities. Photos have emerged of what could possibly be the most patient pet-walker in the world – an elderly man who frequently takes his enormous African spurred tortoise out for walks around the town.
What is most surprising is that the giant tortoise seems to be able to recognize its owner as it faithfully lumbers along by his side slowly but surely. Some dogs don't even trot along by their owners' feet! Judging from the size of the tortoise, the eccentric pair has probably been together for quite a long time. These two seem to have quite a strong bond between them, an unlikely friendship between human and reptile. Sometimes the old man even dresses his tortoise up and carries along a matching bag as they take a relaxing stroll together. Their walks are lengthy ones too, which takes them between Tsukishima and Ginza!
Route the pair is usually spotted
These endearing photographs have captured the hearts of many worldwide, and some netizens have voiced their concerns for the tortoise's well-being should its owner pass away. It is a generally well known fact that tortoises have extremely long lifespans, with this particular species being able to live for 150 years or more. The amazing bond has got well-meaning internet users worried that the tortoise might die of depression should it be transported to the zoo after its owner has passed. Nevetheless, no matter what the future holds for this loyal pet tortoise, it is without a doubt that its owner has the utmost patience and love for his reptilian friend (you can even see him gently smiling down at his pet in one of the photos), and that devotion is being reciprocated in kind.
Share this unlikely tale of friendship with your friends to spread the happiness! Does he remind you a little of Master Roshi from Dragonball?