Forget The Tortoise and the Hare … Larry's best friend is a dog
When California’s Christine Hill took her kids to an educational animal centre in Santa Barbara in 2014, she wasn’t expecting to bring home a new family member.
It was at the centre that Ms Hill and her kids met Larry the African spurred tortoise.
Larry was the runt in a group of four and was constantly getting attacked by the other males in his enclosure, National Geographic reports.
Ms Hill saw the bullying and complained to the staff at the centre.
They said it was just part of nature and there was nothing they could do.
Ms Hill, an avid lover of animals, had other ideas.
She convinced the centre to let her take Larry home with her instead.
Ms Hill’s Palo Verdes home is full of rescue animals ranging from dogs, birds, even eels, toads and lobsters.
“When we first brought Larry home he was in self-defence mode, trying to flee to the fence any chance he got,” Ms Hill told National Geographic.
Due to the years of bullying Larry went through, Ms Hill decided to bring him inside the house to calm him.
This is where Larry met Cricket, the families Golden Retriever.
Straight away, Cricket approached Larry and laid down next to the tortoise.
“I know it sounds silly, but it’s almost as if they were chatting,” she said.
Larry was completely at ease and since that day the two have been inseparable.
They eat together, sleep together and play alongside one another.
In fact, in 2016 when Larry went into hibernation, he insisted on burying himself underneath Cricket’s dog bed.
Since Larry joined the family, Ms Hill regularly posts updates on their adventures on her Instagram account, which has more than 60,000 followers.