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A different sort of pet, Cha Cha the tortoise strolls Seattle's South Lake Union

Alan Berner, The Seattle Times on

Published in Cats & Dogs News

Having a tortoise as a pet is not like having a dog or a cat.

"She can go three or four weeks not really noticing me, or ignoring people altogether, unless she needs water or a green leaf."

So, it's a different kind of companionship. Low maintenance.

Even in the tight spaces of the boat Ferron lives aboard, Cha Cha might just park face-first in a corner and take a nap.

And be prepared for a lifetime pet. Cha Cha can easily live another 40 to 80 years.

He-she does like to get out and about, going for walks along South Lake Union.

Ferron says, "She can be fast when she's really determined."


This is relative, as the top recorded speed of a tortoise is about 5 mph.

It's that determination that led to the tortoise's victory over the hare in the Aesop's fable.

The race is not always to the swift.

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