Pet tortoise turns heads in Tokyo on walkabout

Pet tortoise turns heads in Tokyo on walkabout


A giant African tortoise and its owner have
become somewhat used to turning heads as they go out for walks in Tokyo. 62-year-old Hisao Mitani has been walking
with his pet Bon-chan, who his wife got from a pet store, for some years. But it’s only recently that the pair became
an internet sensation when still pictures of them walking around parts of downtown Tokyo
went viral. Bon-chan was named after the day they bought
him – which was around the holidays called O-bon — a time when Japanese Buddhists customarily
honor the spirits of their ancestors. Bon chan is also knicknamed – “Master Roshi”
in reference to the “Turtle Hermit” from popular Japanese cartoon series Dragon Ball Z. He lives in a wooden enclosure designed by
Mitani himself, and regularly chomps on vegetables and fruits, including carrots, lettuce, and
apples. “He’s becoming a little selfish, so he tries
to go on different walk paths than the usual ones, and he tries to develop new paths, so
that’s a little bothersome. He tries to go different ways”. Mitani says Bon Chan has not been weighed
in a while but he thinks his pet is probably weighs in now around 70 kilograms.

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