Man Walks Tortoise For Hours, Spends Way Too Much Money On Lettuce

James Johnson - Author

Aug. 31 2013, Updated 9:41 a.m. ET

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Rob Davies is a simple man who walks his tortoise. At breakneck speeds of nearly onw mile per hour, the odd pair make their way through the streets of Manchester, UK.

Rob has been raising little Maximus since he was just a palm sized tortoise of a few weeks old.

Now four years old, Maximus loves his exercise, so his dedicated owner spends upwards of two to four hours a day walking his tortoise for exercise and enjoyment.

Maximus isn’t just a tortoise; he’s a family member who has eaten through more than $10,000 worth of lettuce over the last four years, enough lettuce to massively grow in a rather short period of time.

Maximus eats nearly 73 pounds worth of lettuce a week, and he now weighs 26.5 pounds.

Rob Davies says Maximum is a Sulcata Tortoise who has only grown one third of his likely size.

Sulcata Tortoises live to be 120 year old, but they require a good daily dose of Vitamin D in order to grow and stay healthy.

Rob is the type of animal owner any PETA member would be happy to call a friend. The man has vowed to keep his turtle for as long as humanly possible. If Rob lives the average age of a British man, that means he could walk Maximus upwards of 73,000 miles.

Rob tells the Daily Mail:

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“He just loves walking and of course it’s very important for him – it keeps him healthy as well as myself. We spend up to five hours walking a day and can often cover five miles in that time.”

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With the possibility that Maximus could one day end up eating over 200 pounds of lettuce a week, Rob admits that he won’t leave him with family when he passes. Ultimately, the man who walks his tortoise will leave his shell carrying friend with a zoo or sanctuary.

In the meantime, Maximus, as the video above explains, has become quite the local celebrity thanks to his daily walks.

Could you devote five hours a day to walking your family pet?


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