Saturday, December 13, 2008
This is Leopold. Hagenbeck's oldest giant tortoise (Geochelone gigantea). He's about 100 years old and he loves to get his head and neck scratched, like most giant tortoises. He stands up real straight and makes his neck as long as possible. It's probably an instinctive reaction because giant tortoises let themselves be cleaned from parasites ect. by birds in the wild, but he definitely enjoys it.
How do you find mating tortoises in the wild? You follow the loud noise. Tortoises are really, um, vocal when they mate because it's such hard work for the male (especially when the female keeping running away, as this one did, so no little Leopolds).
More animals over at the Camera Critters meme