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Meet the 25-year-old celebrity tortoise Bon-chan known for taking long, leisurely strolls

Meet the 25-year-old celebrity tortoise Bon-chan known for taking long, leisurely strolls

This amazing video depicts a 25-year-old tortoise who became an internet sensation after appearing in a viral video.

The pair can be seen walking around the streets of their hometown, Tsukishima, in Tokyo, Japan, in the video, which has already been viewed over seven million times.

The narrator describes how their long walks are often slowed to a crawl as they pause for photos and for passers-by to pet Bon-chan.

“The first time we went for a walk was when Bon-chan was 10-years-old, which was already 13 years ago,” Hisao said in a 2019 interview with Play Tokyo.

“Until now we had three different routes, we used the first one for a couple of years then we walked another route I was thinking of, and now we got for a stroll through the shopping street.

“If we have more time, we walk up and down the shopping street twice near our home, that’s about one kilometre.”

Bon-chan has grown massively over the years, to a whopping 70kg, despite originally being small enough to fit into Mitani’s hand.

He said that he fears Bon-chan may have to go onto a new owner one day, as tortoises of this kind can live up to 100-years-old.

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Hisao continued: “At first, Bon-chan was only as little as my palm. I thought Bon-chan would grow slowly over (his) lifetime, but as soon as Bon-chan was 10-years-old he began to grow rapidly.

“Bon-Chan seems to be the type that continues growing since Bon Chan grew much bigger than the turtles of his kind.

“However since Bon-chan will live much longer than me, I have to find a new owner soon.

“I hope there will be a person who’ll tell me that he or she can take care of Bon Chan

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“I assume that I can walk together with Bon-chan another 10 years.”

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