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After 48 years alone Timmy the tortoise now wants a slow dance with a mate

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After 48 years alone Timmy the tortoise now wants a slow dance with a mate

Timmy the tortoise has been a love island unto himself (Picture: Sonya Duncan)

Timmy the tortoise knows you cant hurry love but after 48 years of the single life he is finally entering the dating game.

After nearly half a century alone, Timmy has suddenly started getting randy with household objects leading his owner to post an online lonely hearts advert.

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Andrew Gipson, who has had the Hermanns tortoise since he was a young boy, is playing Cupid after getting a response form a tortoise society in Norfolk.

Andy, 52, said: Its only recently Ive noticed him being so keen. Hell try and mount the dustpan brush, my shoes and hes had a long session with the umbrella base.

Hes never been this eager before.

Timmy Tortoise is looking for love. Pictured with his owner Andrew Gipson. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Timmy the tortoise his owner Andrew Gipson (Picture: Sonya Duncan)

Andy was just four years old when he was introduced to Timmy by his Nan, who worked at Whipsnade Zoo.

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He said: They had a couple of spares so she brought him home as a pet for me and my brother. He was the size of a 50-pence piece.

The pair grew up together, but as Andrew came of age and had his first teenage romances, Timmy remained uninterested in women.

But the former IT support worker noticed a change come over his shelled friend after recently moving from Milton Keynes back to Diss, Norfolk, to help care for his parents.

He said: I dont know how old tortoises are when they mature but obviously for Timmy its at 48.

Hermanns tortoises, found naturally in the Mediterranean, have been known to live for more than 110 years.

Timmy the Tortoise. See Masons copy MNTORTOISE: A tortoise become so randy after half a century as a bachelor its owner posted an online lonely hearts advert in a bid to find a mate for his pet. Timmy the Tortoise has been happy alone for 48 years according to Andrew Gipson, who has had the reptile as a companion since he was a young boy. But the Hermann's tortoise has suddenly become so excitable that Andy thinks it's time he finally found a love interest. After posting a lonely hearts ad on Facebook, Andy was contacted by a tortoise society based in Norfolk and plans to go along to a meet up.

Timmy the tortoise getting amorous with an umbrella base (Picture: SWNS)

After posting the lonely hearts ad to Facebook, Andy was contacted by a tortoise society based in Norfolk.

He said: They told me that if I go along, theyre going to introduce him to some suitable tortoises. Theyve said he might be a bit desperate and be too enthusiastic.

I hope he can sow his oats. It will be interesting to see his reaction.

But Andy does have some concerns, as he was told that home-bred tortoises could pass diseases to each other.

I would rather have a desperate virgin than no tortoise at all, he said.

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