the tortoise and the beer

Sir, Apropos Mary Galvin’s letter (Dec 4), we hibernate our tortoise, Turbo, in shredded paper in a shoebox in a small fridge we use to chill beer. Our tortoise has, as a result, been renamed Stella Tortoise. With the fridge door slightly ajar he slumbers there at 5-6C until early March. Once awake, after a lukewarm bath he enjoys a tomato or two, his favourite treat. Within an hour he’s a happy little chap.
Nic Wimpenny
Huddersfield, W Yorks

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