Extroverted tortoise loves going for walks and demands to be put in her stroller when she's done

Neighborhood Tortoise Turns Heads with Her Unusual Request for Affection

This is not your average pet story!

Meet Ethel, the outgoing 60-pound tortoise who’s become a local celebrity for her love of butt scratches and neighborhood strolls.

Meet Ethel, the outgoing 60-pound tortoise who's become a local celebrity for her love of butt scratches and neighborhood strolls.

Ethel’s adventures began when her family started taking her out for walks in the neighborhood, something you don’t see every day.

Onlookers are both amused and amazed to see a tortoise of her size casually roaming the streets, turning heads wherever she goes.

Onlookers are both amused and amazed to see a tortoise of her size casually roaming the streets, turning heads wherever she goes.

These outings are not just for exercise; they’re a sensory delight for Ethel.

She relishes in the experiences of smelling new scents and exploring different colors.

She relishes in the experiences of smelling new scents and exploring different colors.

Ethel’s escapades are carefully planned, with outings scheduled two to three times a month when the weather is warm and sunny.

During these excursions, she takes leisurely breaks in the shade, showcasing her laid-back personality.

During these excursions, she takes leisurely breaks in the shade, showcasing her laid-back personality.

But there’s a practical side to these adventures: Ethel has her own stroller!

When she’s had enough of walking, her family can’t exactly carry a 60-pound tortoise back home. So, it’s half a walk and then a ride for her.

When she's had enough of walking, her family can't exactly carry a 60-pound tortoise back home. So, it's half a walk and then a ride for her.

From palm-sized to a hefty companion, Ethel’s growth over the years has been remarkable.

Her expanding size meant expanding her living space, and now she freely roams both inside the house and in the yard.

Her expanding size meant expanding her living space, and now she freely roams both inside the house and in the yard.

Ethel has been more than a pet; she was the first “child” in the family.

Celebrating birthdays together and even posing for family portraits, Ethel is an integral part of their life.

Celebrating birthdays together and even posing for family portraits, Ethel is an integral part of their life.

With the recent addition of a baby to the family, Ethel’s role has become even more special.

Her gentle nature around kids and her curiosity about the new family member make her an endearing figure.

Her gentle nature around kids and her curiosity about the new family member make her an endearing figure.

Ethel is not just a pet; she’s a beloved family member.

Her unique bond with her family and the joy she brings to the neighborhood is a heartwarming reminder of the diverse ways in which animals can enrich our lives.

Ethel’s story is a delightful glimpse into an unusual yet incredibly touching human-animal bond.

To see Ethel in action and witness her charming demand for butt scratches, check out the video below!

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