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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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'When we hold target above tortoises’ head they will stretch up tall'

When we hold the target above the tortoises’ head they will stretch up tall with their necks to reach it which enables us to place a mirror underneath them for our vet team to check their undercarriage for any health issues.

– KRIS HERN, TWYCROSS ZOO ANIMAL TRAINING MANAGER

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