Jonathon, an approximately 183-year-old tortoise, is living proof a healthy diet can change your life. Find out here exactly what he ate and the amazing transformation it had on him. You'll also learn the average lifespan of giant tortoises and how taking a cue from them can help extend our own lives and that of our pets.

When I think of pancakes, I think tortoise!  No... not really.  This is quite an odd combination--but it seems to work out nicely.

The Internet contains a ton of news about pets and wildlife from all
over the world, and we don't get to read all of it.  Well, here's some
of the buzz you may have missed over the last few weeks that can inform
you, pique your interest, make you laugh out loud, or just plain
outrage you!

The first item might surprise you...

When Japanese funeral director Mitani Hisao first met Bon-Chan, an African Spurred Tortoise, the reptile was just about two inches in size. Hisao's wife discovered the tiny tortoise at a pet store. There was an instant connection between the two. Now, 19 years later, the man and his tortoise are a common sight in their Tokyo neighborhood as they take walks together -- very slowly.

Those of you with kids know how this turtle feels.  You put on the Barry White CD... candles... roses... a nice bottle of wine...  And then this guy shows up.

Cleopatra is a teenage mutant (ninja) tortoise. So far she has had a fairly hard life and it shows in the shape of her shell. She has been badly malnourished and it has caused her shell to become malformed, cracked and worn away in one spot. This means that bacteria can get in under her shell and cost her her life. But help has arrived in the form of a 3D printed shell that is helping her heal.

What tortoises lack in speed, they more than make up for in tenacity.  Watch as these tortoises menace creatures far larger than they are.  You've never seen a slow motion attack be so cute...

There is no doubt that 81-year-old Patricia Delaney loves animals of all kinds. She loves all animals from the top of the food chain on down. She is especially into horses, but she can't ride anymore thanks to her Parkinson's Disease. Being confined in a nursing home has severely limited her chances of getting to interact with animals -- until her social worker came up with the idea of bringing a zoo to her.