25 February 2008

Tortoises in the refrigerator

75 of them, in two fridges, at the Tortoise Sanctuary in Jersey (England). "...tortoises were given three weeks without food, allowed to complete their toilet needs (tortoises must empty their digestive system before hibernating), then bathed, weighed, wrapped [in tea towels, removed for the photo] and put to bed... She opens the doors each day to waft fresh air inside. As tortoises breathe only once a minute during hibernation, this is sufficient to keep them healthy..."

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