Some friendships last a lifetime, especially when one of the friends is an African tortoise, which can live up to 100 years.
Videos of Caitlin Doran from California have gone viral and are receiving tens of thousands of views. In the publications, she shares the story of her long-standing friendship with her 22-year-old tortoise, Tiptoe, Fox News reports.
When Doran was 7 years old, she asked Santa for an African turtle. To her surprise, her Christmas wish came true, she told reporters.
“I knew I needed something that I could spend a lot of time with, so it was a turtle,” Doran said.
The turtle, which she named Tiptoe, was the size of her hand and has now grown into an 80-pound pet. She recently celebrated her 22nd birthday.
Caitlin and Tiptoe can be seen walking around the area. According to the girl, the walk usually takes more than 40 minutes. During this time they can walk about 1500 meters.
Doran, who has a master’s degree in behavior analysis, said she started introducing her 4.5 million TikTok followers to her turtle friend when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
“For about four or five months of just being in quarantine, I was on TikTok a lot,” she said.
Her feed was filled with videos of people showing off the food they were preparing for their loved ones. Doran created a video she called, “This is what I cook for my turtle.”
Within hours, her original video went viral, with 12.4 million views to date.
“It really shocked me. I just didn’t think it would be that much fun,” Doran said.
Since then, she has been creating fresh and interesting content for millions of viewers for three years.
Doran is constantly coming up with new recipes for his turtle, from tacos to charcuterie boards. She says she’s constantly inspired by followers who ask questions and share ideas about fun things she can try with Tiptow.
Over the years, they became inseparable and formed a special bond. “He’s with me forever,” says Caitlin.
goooood morning Tiptoe 💕🐢
♬ Lost – Frank Ocean
One of the most important lessons she’s learned from her friendship with Tiptow is to “just slow down.”
“Nothing has to be the way you make it… Slow and steady really works,” she said.
Recall that on December 2 it was reported that the oldest land creature recently turned 191 years old. This is a Seychelles giant tortoise that lives on St. Helena Island.