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Timmy the Tortoise still looking for love after several rounds of speed dating

Timmy the Tortoise still looking for love after several rounds of speed dating
  • Marc Betts
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    A tortoise that is looking for love after nearly 50 years of being single is still on the hunt for his shellmate – after several rounds of speed dating failed to do the trick.

    Timmy Tortoise is looking for love.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018
  • Timmy Tortoise is looking for love. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

    Owner Andrew Gipson has been contacted by several tortoise owners from across Norfolk with the hope that their female may be right for Timmy.

    But after further investigating it was found that Timmy was not the same breed as those he dated so could not match.

    Mr Gipson is now hoping to find Timmy a partner at the Norfolk Tortoise Club which looks after tortoises in need of rehoming and offers expert advice.

    Mr Gipson, from Diss, said: “I think I would feel happier if he finds a mate at the club as there the deed will be supervised and his mate will be 100pc healthy.

    Timmy Tortoise is looking for love.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018
  • Timmy Tortoise is looking for love. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

    “I just need to make sure there are no risks to Timmy’s health or his mate.

    “I never realised tortoise sex was so risky.”

    Mr Gipson, 52, recently moved to Diss from Milton Keynes to help his parents. He is nervous about Timmy’s first adventure with a female since he has been without for 48 years.

    He added: “He should be okay if the weather stays cooler as he will be less active and hopefully less eager.”

    Timmy Tortoise is looking for love.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018
  • Timmy Tortoise is looking for love. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

    The search for a partner came after Mr Gipson found Timmy trying to mate with a garden umbrella base.

    He plans on getting Timmy a garden tortoise ornament to practice with.

    He added: “I should have time to get to a garden centre and get a tortoise garden ornament to keep him entertained.

    “I never thought I would pimping out my tortoise or buying him toys.”

    Mr Gipson remains hopeful that Timmy will be able to find a mate soon but is unsure of how he would be able to care for them.

    He said: “It will be nice when he meets someone, hopefully he will be less frustrated,

    “But I’m not sure if I would be able to have another tortoise permanently, I won’t be around if they both live to 110 years old.”
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