Tiny tortoise shell-ebrates first birthday with gigantic cousins

A super tiny tortoise has celebrated its first birthday.

Tiny Tim, a resident at the Australian Reptile Park, celebrated with his gigantic cousins, Hugo and Estrella, the Galapagos tortoises.

The little tortoise became an internet sensation last year when a video of him eating a giant strawberry that was bigger than him at the time went viral, amassing millions of views on social media.

Since then, Tiny Tim has captured the hearts of staff and visitors at the Australian Reptile Park with his playful personality and adventurous spirit. To mark his first birthday, zookeepers organised a special birthday party for Tiny Tim, and his bigger cousins, Hugo, and Estrella the giant Galapagos tortoises joined him to celebrate.

The two enormous tortoises, who weigh 183kg and 55kg respectively, were happy to welcome Tiny Tim (who only weighs a minuscule 78g) into their family and spend the day with him. During their adventure, the tortoises went on a stroll (a very slow one) together throughout the Main Park area, with visitors watching in amazement at how little Tiny Tim is compared to his much older cousins.

Billy Collett, Operations Manager at the Australian Reptile Park, said, "It's amazing to see how much Tiny Tim has grown and developed in the past year. He has become an important member of our reptile family, and we wanted to make sure he had a special birthday celebration. We thought it would be a great idea for him to meet his giant cousins, and they hit it off right away!"