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Pick Up the Pace, Tortoises

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At Atherstone, England's, Twycross Zoo, a program is underway to try to teach quarter-ton giant tortoises to speed up. An extended outdoor pen had been built for Speedy (age 70), Tim (40) and Shelly (30), but that meant it took more time to round them up for bed at the end of the day. In June, Leicester Mercury reported zoo officials were trying to use the lure of food to get the tortoises to significantly improve their way-under-1-mile-per-hour gait.

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