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Zoo tortoises' speed lessons

An extension area to the giant tortoise exhibit at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire has prompted keepers to develop a new training programme to help bring these slow moving creatures indoors.

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Twycross Zoo's new training regime for tortoises

Twycross Zoo cares for three Aldabra tortoises Credit: Twycross Zoo

An extension area to the giant tortoise exhibit at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire has prompted keepers to develop a new training programme to help bring these slow moving creatures indoors quicker while they renovate.

The training has also proved beneficial for health checks Credit: Twycross Zoo

In an attempt to ensure it is not just the hare the tortoise can defeat, zookeepers have given them a training programme to make sure they move back in quicker.

It follows a planned extension of the animal's indoor and outdoor facilities.

Twycross Zoo’s new outdoor tortoise exhibit is now open Credit: Twycross Zoo

Zookeepers also say the regime has proved beneficial for health checks.

Twycross Zoo cares for three Aldabra tortoises: Tim aged 40, Shelly 30 and Speedy aged 70.

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