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Slow burn romance? Timmy the tortoise looking for love after 48 years of loneliness

PUBLISHED: 16:50 06 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:50 06 June 2018

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

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

Archant 2017

Tortoises can live for more than 100 years - but for one Norfolk tortoise, so far it has been 48 years of loneliness.

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

But now, his owner is looking to get him a new mate and hopefully a new lease of life.

Timmy the tortoise has been 52-year-old Andrew Gipson’s pet since he was four.

When he was born, Timmy was then just the size of a 50p piece.

Now a fully grown adult, Mr Gipson feels it is time to find him a mate.

Timmy Tortoise is looking for love.
Pictured with his owner Andrew Gipson.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Timmy Tortoise is looking for love. Pictured with his owner Andrew Gipson. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

He said: “I just feel a bit sorry for him as he spends most of the day trying to mate with a garden umbrella base.

“I am not too sure what kind of partner Timmy would like but I have been advised that his mate may need to be the same breed and that after 48 years, he may be a bit desperate and he could end up being too enthusiastic.”

Mr Gipson recently moved to Diss from Milton Keynes to help his parents. In the time he as owned Timmy the tortoise, he has been driven over with a car and run over with a lawnmower.

Mr Gipson added: “He likes to follow things around, especially the lawnmower in the garden. Then again maybe my dad isn’t very keen on Timmy.

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

“I am going to take him to an aquatics centre to ask an expert for advice. Several people have made recommendations.

“If not my other idea was to get an ornament from a garden centre to give to him.”

The recent cooler temperatures mean that Timmy is slowing down and sleeping more. Mr Gipson says that when he was younger he would climb up the ivy in his garden to try and escape.

Luckily he was able to catch him before he got to the top.

Mr Gipson added: “I would rather have a desperate virgin than no tortoise at all.”

Most tortoises are herbivores, feeding on grasses, weeds and leafy greens so Timmy is looking for a mate who he could share a lettuce leaf with.

Contact Mr Gipson on Andyrg66@hotmail.com

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