by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals.
Photo: Creative Commons

TMZ is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio has purchased a life-long — and beyond — friend.

The Inception actor was spotted at the North American Reptile Breeders Conference and Trade Show in Anaheim, CA over the weekend — and reportedly purchased a 10-year-old African Sulcata tortoise for $400. Not only are they the third-largest tortoise species in the world, but they can also weigh in at close to 200lbs and live over 80 years!

While Leo can afford the best care and habitat for these gentle creatures, others looking to mimic the star’s purchase should read up first. According to the American Tortoise Rescue Center organization, about 90 percent of all non captive bred tortoises end up dead. Some people, tired of having to deal with a rapidly-growing pet, simply release their tortoise into the wild; essentially dooming them. If you’re serious, consider adopting instead by visiting the American Tortoise Rescue Center website and getting more information. Even better, keep the tortoises in their natural habitat and hop down to your local animal shelter. We’re pretty sure there’s some just-as-wonderful cats and dogs there that would love a saving hand and a new home.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://www.tortoise.com TortoiseRescue

    Thank you for Bringing your readers attention tot he fact that sulcatas are a dime a dozen – they can be adopted for free throughout the country provided that you can offer a huge living space and warmth all year – they do not hibernate and tear everything up around them. It’s an impulse buy and stupid to boot. Susan American Tortoise Rescue.