Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Close the door, we're trying to sleep

Shirley Neely, who runs the Jersey-based Tortoise Sanctuary, keeps 75 tortoises in her refrigerator. Her tortoises hibernate for up to three months between December and March, and need steady temperatures between 3c and 8c. The tortoises were given three weeks without food, allowed to complete their toilet needs (tortoises must empty their digestive system before hibernating), then bathed, weighed, wrapped and put to bed - with the odd bottle-of wine or jar of mayonnaise for company. Next month, she will begin to wake them up in stages. They will eventually move into heated greenhouses. Source: Daily Mail (via)

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