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Man’s adorable giant tortoise is the toast of Tokyo

As close as you can get to a real-life Pokémon.


Gabe Bergado

Internet Culture

Posted on Apr 17, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 1:23 am CDT

As Vanessa Carlton once famously sang, “Making my way downtown, walking fast, faces pass, and I see a ginormous tortoise cruising by.” 

OK, maybe those weren’t her exact words, but there is indeed a shelled reptile taking Tokyo by storm simply by strolling along the city’s streets. 

Recently, a man was spotted patiently walking the magnificent beast through the neighborhood of Tsukishima and the busier, upscale Ginza area. According to RocketNews24, it’s an African spurred tortoise.

Cue the Vanessa Carlton again.

And look at the critter’s cute little outfit. Sunday’s finest, right?

If you’re a pet lover who likes to take things slow, definitely look into raising a tortoise. But don’t underestimate them: I grew up with a pet tortoise, and one day he got out of our backyard and made it down the cul-de-sac in a matter of minutes. Slow and steady wins the race, after all. 

H/T RocketNews24 | Photo via Twitter/hi_roshishi

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*First Published: Apr 17, 2015, 1:00 pm CDT