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Watch a zookeeper hose off a giant tortoise

Luxury's when someone washes your shell for you.


May 17, 2016 | Latest Photo Prev Next
Ramat Gan Safari turtleRamat Gan Safari turtlePhoto: Tibor Jager / Ramat Gan Safari
May 17, 2016 | Latest Photo

This 85-year-old Aldabra giant tortoise is living the dream, and he's not alone. The Ramat Gan Safari, located in Tel Aviv, Israel, contains 250 acres of pure animal paradise.

This tortoise lives with one other male in an enclosure. They both love water and often keep cool by laying in a small pond. Here, a reptile keeper named Rachel gives the tortoises a bath to keep them cool.

Giant tortoises used to roam the world, and their fossil remains have been found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica. Today, they tend to be found on tropical islands, mainly the Seychelles' Aldabra Atoll and Ecuador's Galapagos Islands.

These reptiles tend to weigh about 550 pounds, and they have long necks that are useful for biting tree branches. They mostly eat grass, plant stems and leaves, although they're not too picky, and they'll steal a bite of other fruits and vegetables in captivity.

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