Bertie Smashes World's Fastest Tortoise Record

September 10, 2015, 5:10am


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Bertie, a South African leopard tortoise, has won a place in the Guinness Book Of Records for being the speediest of his species on earth.
The tortoise won his place with a speed of 0.6mph that would mean he could travel 100 metres (109yds) in six minutes and smashing the record held by Charlie from South Yorkshire since 1977.
Bertie's epic achievement was accomplished at Adventure Valley in Brasside, Durham, in July last year, and is twice the speed of an average tortoise.
Owner Marco Calzini, said: "Bertie now lives in a luxury enclosure with lady friend Shelly and his certificate proudly displayed on the wall. "To be in the book is a dream come true, a massive achievement!"
Despite his record win, Bertie remains low maintenance, deriving his high-energy from his regular snack of strawberries and slow periods of grazing.
Other record-winning animals featured for the 2016 book include Franchesca from California, the two-year-old English Angora who has the longest fur on a rabbit, measuring 36.5cm (14.37in) and Purin, a nine-year-old Beagle from Japan.
She broke her own previous record of 11, taking the number of balls caught by a dog with paws in one minute up to 14.

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