For my birthday, my boyfriend took me to Clyde Peelings Reptiland. It was fantastic!! But the highlight of the visit seeing the Galapagos Tortoises. First, I want to note that they get a lot of their animals from other zoos or private owners who no longer want or can care for them. As a result, the Galapagos Tortoises have very bad looking shells. Looks to have been a calcium deficiency. But they are being cared for nicely now. But anyway, my boyfriend and I were standing by the wooden fence surrounding the GTs and talking. Suddenly this one guy comes lumbering over to us and is looking at me while I'm talking to him (the usual, telling him he's a gorgeous tortoise, such a handsome guy, that stuff). He seemed so friendly that I couldn't resist reaching over to try and pet him. Not only did he let me rub his neck and cheek, he seemed to LOVE it. Stretched his neck as far up as it would go, closed his eyes, really leaned into my hand. It was amazing.....fantastic. I fell madly in love with him. I know larger tortoises can be quite friendly with people they are used to. But I never expected him to come up to me, a complete stranger, and practically demand to be petted. I've got a photo of my boyfriend petting him a little later, but I have to get it (and other photos from Reptiland) scanned so I can share them. Just had to share that amazing experience!