Bertie is now the world’s fastest tortoise. He was clocked at 0.28 meters per second, easily smashing the previous world record of 0.125 meters per second that had stood since 1977. Bertie’s story as told in this video is a heartwarming one.
In other tortoise-related news that reminds us that these creatures are not as slow as we think, a 100-pound tortoise named Sulley that escaped from a backyard enclosure in his home was later found more than a mile away. Ok, it took him from Sunday to Friday to travel that distance but we have to assume that Sulley was not trying to sprint but was enjoying a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood. If he had set his mind to it, he could have probably made it to the next county.