Man walking tortoise draws a crowd in Kentucky - CBS46 News

Man walking tortoise draws a crowd in Kentucky

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A turtle and his handler are becoming quite an attraction in Louisville, Kentucky.

Wayside Christian Mission's print shop guru, William Duncan, said his work takes patience, a trait that also comes in handy during his second job, walking a giant turtle.

The 11-year-old, 85 pound African tortoise named Spike is not an urban legend and despite what on lookers may think he's real.

"Some people think he's remote control and some people think he's a dog until they get up close to him," Duncan said.

For the past six years Spike has lived with Duncan on the third floor at Wayside. He knows the residents, how to use the elevator and how to get around.

"One day he actually came out of the building by himself ," Duncan said.

Spike became the Wayside's mascot and Duncan's pet after Wayside COO's Nina and Tim Moseley realized their son's turtle was getting too big for his aquarium.

As Spike grew so did curiosity about him around Wayside and in public.

"It's very good for spike to be at the mission cause folks are interested in him. It kinda breaks the ice," said Tina Moseley.

As soon as Spike hits the city sidewalks, questions begin.

"Some want to buy him and say how much would you take for him and I say ‘he's not for sale,'" said Duncan.

So, what does a priceless turtle eat? Judging by his walk around the block he'll eat anything green.

Folks on the street want to pet him, rub his spikes and feel his shell.

Duncan said, "Everybody likes Spike and Spike likes everybody and if somebody is afraid of him they usually get over it pretty quick."

Spike could live to be about 80 years old and could end up weighing 200 pounds

If he does Williams said he is going to have to find another person to help him walk Spike, but chances are he won't have a shortage of volunteers.

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