Did you have any unusual pets growing up? Perhaps you knew someone who owned a ferret or a chinchilla? How about a tortoise? One man thought that a tortoise would be a great pet for his young children, but it turned out that he was very, very wrong.
He unknowingly purchased the angriest tortoise in the world, 12 -year-old Timmy.
Sports coach John French first assured Timmy the tortoise in a vivarium in a nursery he was working in. The little tortoise was banging his head against the glass walls of his enclosure. That should have been the first red flag, but John, who already owns three large turtles, couldn’t defy the rambunctious reptile and decided to buy him.
John brought Timmy home to his wife and two young children, thinking that the tortoise would construct the perfect pet. He could be kept in the garden, wouldn’t run away, and he was expected to be generally low upkeep. However, Timmy promptly turned out to be a nightmare, and the tiny tortoise began violently head-butting and biting everything in sight. While Timmy did move into the garden, he immediately took it over as his own. Timmy wouldn’t let anyone near his space. He would attack, biting his family members’ shoes, if they strolled too close to him. John dreaded Timmy could bite his children’s fingers, and, as a result, he has stopped having parties for his children at their home out of was concern that Timmy will assault a visiting child. “He is very territorial. Anything that is in the garden that isn’t grass gets attacked, ” John claimed. He also says that Timmy head-butts any dolls or lawn decorates, moving them away from his space. Timmy is featured below chasing John:
John uncovered Timmy wasn’t always so bad. In fact, his wife, Steph, didn’t even know Timmy was living with them for a while! “We had to look for him in the garden because he would conceal himself away but after a year he became so territorial, ” John said. “My wife didn’t realize he was living with us. Now she dislikes him. He runs for her feet. They can live for 100 years but my spouse didn’t is understood that either.”
John claimed, upon detecting Timmy, that their new tortoise was merely visiting for the summer, and had to break the news afterwards that he was now a permanent member of their family who was likely to outlive them both. In fact, Timmy is set to terrorize the whole family for another 100 years. Timmy now has his own enclosure in the garden with a greenhouse and large pen. While the French household has had to sacrifice part of their garden to the tortoise, John hopes the enclosure will prevent Timmy from harming his family and guests.
Apparently, aggression can be common in male tortoises, especially around the time of year they are generally mate. However, John is resistant to find Timmy a suitable partner. “He is crazy, ” John claims. “I would get him a girlfriend, but I think he might kill her.”
But Timmy isn’t the only aggressive tortoise in the world. If you’re looking for more, check out Mama. You can watch this three-year-old reptile chase away two bulldogs. At first, the curious puppies merely want to play, but Mama is having none of it! No one messes with Mama!
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