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‘Not your regular tortoise’: Reptile park’s star turns 70 with giant shellebration

The Galapagos tortoise’s diet typically consists of any green vegetation they can find, along with fibrous vegetation such as grass, tree bark and cacti.

In captivity, the tortoises will eat carrots, bamboo stalks, hibiscus leaves and flowers, Lucerne hay and other foods that are high in fibre, with the odd piece of watermelon as a treat.

Australia’s oldest Galapagos tortoise on record, Harriet, passed away at in 2006 at 175 years of age.

After the cake, Hugo went on his daily walk to receive more pats and love from visitors who came to the Australian Reptile Park to say happy birthday to one of its most famous residents.

The park’s head of reptiles, Daniel Rumsey, said Hugo was full of personality.

“Anyone who meets Hugo knows he is not your regular tortoise – I love working with him and watching everyone’s faces light up when they see him for the first time.

“I always say, ‘if you didn’t give Hugo’s shell a rub, you haven’t visited the Australian Reptile Park’ It really does give you good luck!”

Visitors can see Hugo at the Australian Reptile Park every day during the school holidays and accompany him on his daily walks. The park requests visitors pre-book tickets online.

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