Pancake tortoises welcomed at Oakland Zoo

September 29, 2010 7:48:21 PM PDT
Three former New Yorkers are now calling Oakland home.

The appropriately named "Flapjack", "Maple" and "Mrs. Butterworth's" are pancake tortoises who recently arrived from the Bronx Zoo.

They are unusual in several ways -- if flipped on their backs, pancakes can right themselves pretty easily, which is rare for a tortoise, they are the fastest moving tortoise species and they can climb surfaces of up to 30 degrees.

The three enjoy having a fresh salad specially made for them each day.


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