A bride took ‘the slowest walk in history’ when she made her pet TORTOISE the ring bearer at her wedding – as the sly reptile even stole the light spotlight on her big day.
Vets Ericka and Jay Johnson first met while doing a survey of wild turtles 20 years ago, so they felt that their beloved Sulcata tortoise, Tom Shelleck, was part of the celebration. celebrate their wedding.
The 41-year-old said that strawberries were strewn down the aisle for ‘always hungry’ Tom to follow before the couple married last year at the Tohono Chul Botanical Garden, Arizona.
The mother-of-one said that although he was initially concerned he might nibble on some of his painted toenails mistaken for fruit, everything went smoothly and he even became the ‘center of attention’ for the day. her greatness.
Snapshots show the 20-year-old reptile crawling down the aisle following a trail of fruit while carrying their rings on a flower basket mounted on a shell before he posed with them in a couple portrait their.
Ericka said: “He may have walked the slowest footpath in history.
“We timed him as we rehearsed how long it would take and we ended up having to play two songs to give us enough time, and we were still almost out of songs.
“The only thing we were worried about was if the lady painted her toenails and he looked at them thinking they were fruit and maybe going astray and biting some toes, but luckily that didn’t happen. .
“I’m proud of the way he did. I think he did a great job and we are really pleased with the way things have turned out.
“A lot of people talked about it and we did some funny jokes like ‘the bride is supposed to be the center of attention but the one wearing the ring.”
“The day after the wedding, I had a few people text me like ‘hey, do you have any pictures of Tom?'”
Ericka said it took Tom about three minutes to get down the aisle – while the others took just seconds.
A photo of Tom next to exotic animal hospital owners Ericka and Tom has garnered more than 1,680 likes, comments and shares online.
Ericka said: “Jay and I are both exotic veterinarians and turtles have always been at the heart of what brought us together.
“We are both huge fans of turtles and met while doing a survey of wild desert turtles.
“By the time he came down the aisle, I told my twin grandchildren to put down the strawberries for him to follow.
“He’s very outgoing and always hungry.
“He started at the end of the aisle and went to get strawberries in quick succession and once he arrived before the wedding, the celebrant removed the rings from the small arrangement attached to the back of his shell.
“He mostly eats hay and such dry things because he’s a desert-adapted species he doesn’t get to eat a lot of fruit but since he loves strawberries we know it’s for sure. to get him down the aisle.”
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