World Turtle News, 03/13/2018
10-year-old girl keeps same pet 56 years
For her 10th birthday, Jeanna Smith was surprised with a special gift.
Her party at the Milwaukee County Zoo would have been plenty. But then the zoo director – a friend of Jeanna’s father – handed her a young tortoise. It was Jeanna’s to keep.
The year was 1962. Today, Jeanna is 65. She still has her pet.
“George is probably my oldest friend,” Jeanna says of the gopher tortoise she brought home 56 years ago. “He’s just really been a wonderful pet.”
From day one, Jeanna had a soft spot for the creature beneath the hard shell.
“He’s always gotten strawberries and kiwi for Christmas morning,” Jeanna says. “He’d ride in my bike basket when I was a little girl.”
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Photo from Boyd Huppert, KARE 11.