Woman Has A Lifelong Friendship With Her Childhood Pet Tortoise

Pets bring joy to our lives, but the sad fact is that they too leave us with time. It is no easy task to part with our beloved pets who are part and parcel of our lives. However, in this woman’s case, she has been quite fortunate because she has had her pet tortoise since she was 7-years-old. Caitlin Doran is from Los Angeles, California. She is the proud owner of an African tortoise named Tiptoe.

Caitlin received the tortoise as a Christmas gift in 2001 and the two have been best friends since. Tiptoe turned 22 recently and has been there for Caitlin’s elementary school, middle school, high school as well as college graduation.

This tortoise was certainly part of all the biggest milestones in her life. “At this point in my life, I am so comfortable with the fact that I’m going to have Tiptoe for the rest of my life,” Caitlin conveyed.

Tiptoe is living his life to the fullest and is pampered because he even has his own pool in the backyard. Moreover, Caitlin makes special meals just for her loving pet tortoise using fruits and veggies. In 2020 these two best friends became internet sensations after videos of Caitlin preparing unique meals for Tiptoe went viral. They have millions of followers on TikTok.

Despite the attention that the tortoise receives as an online star, he continues to live his life to the fullest. “He’s a very sassy, untrained 175-pound lump,” Caitlin expressed. Though the human shares a special connection with her pet tortoise, she also does realize the gravity of her responsibilities. At one point in Caitlin’s life, there was rapid development in his growth and Caitlin’s family even considered sending Tiptoe to a sanctuary.

There is a possibility that the tortoise might outlive his owner because the life expectancy of African tortoises is 80-120 years. Caitlin plans to leave Tiptoe to her children if she passes away. We hope and pray that Caitlin and Tiptoe can spend many more years together in each other’s company.

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