This Tortoise Attacks All the Black Shoes That Come Near Him


17 August 2022|18 Muharram 1444

A tortoise refuses to let people wear black shoes at the house—bullying his owner’s baffled grandson into wearing other colors or face a ‘painful’ attack.

Tommy Shellby always makes a bee-line for anyone who dares to set foot on the property in black shoes. Whenever he sees one, he charges with a barrage of disapproving head-butts.

Harry Vines says he’s forced to either walk around his 82-year-old grandmother Daphne Woodcock’s yard bare-footed or in white shoes to avoid the reptile’s attacks.

The 24-year-old grandson believes Tommy might be a fashion-conscious reptile.

“Maybe he’s trying to tell me I look good in white shoes, so don’t be wearing black ones,” says Harry, from Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.