Corner View is a weekly appointment - each Wednesday - created by Jane (Spain) and curated by Francesca (Italy), where bloggers from all corners of the world share their view on a pre-arranged theme. The theme this week is "slow", and comes from Anna (Netherlands).
I am drawn to turtles and tortoises like a magnet. Ever since I was a small child I had a love for these guys, both big and small. While in the car I will always stop and race into the road to move these slow crossers out of harm's way.
This adorable old man resides at a science center in Greensboro, where they have an active conservation and husbandry program for a number of animal species. He's an Aldabra tortoise, the 2nd largest breed in the world. They weight 350-500 pounds and live to be over 100 years old, outliving the scientists that study them. The oldest Aldabra tortoise on record is 152 years old! Though they move slowly they are pretty agile and are able to stand on their hind legs in order to reach leaves off of low hanging branches. No low hanging branches? They're strong enough that they will use their great strength to knock over a tree in order to bring the branches down to them. Their natural habitat is on an island in the Indian Ocean, just off the coast of Africa and they are a protected species because they were nearly extinct by 1900 due to over-hunting. Happily, their numbers are increasing and this protected status remains.
I just love this face!