Video: Bertie, the fastest tortoise on the planet

They may not usually be known for being fast movers, but Bertie is the tortoise equivalent to Usain Bolt.


At his home in Adventure Valley - a family adventure park in Brasside, Durham, UK - Bertie sprinted over a 5.48 m course in a speedy 19.59 seconds to win title as the Fastest tortoise in the world.


During his record-breaking run, Bertie reached an incredible speed of 0.28 m/s (0.92 ft/sec), absolutely smashing Charlie’s (UK) previous record of 0.125 m/s which had been unchallenged since 1977. 


Bertie’s proud owners Marco Calzini and his wife Janine explain that when they discovered Charlie’s record, they tested Bertie against it and he beat it every time.

Since achieving his Guinness World Records title, Bertie has become a local celebrity at Adventure Valley.


He now lives in a luxury enclosure with his girlfriend Shelly and his Guinness World Records certificate is proudly displayed on the wall.

Speaking of Bertie’s inclusion in the Guinness World Records 2016 book, owner Marco said, “I used to collect the Guinness World Records books – my first was the 1980 edition – and I fondly remember seeing them all in the shops. To be in the book is a dream come true, a massive achievement!”
Did you know...?  The giant tortoises (Chelonoidis nigra) of the Galápagos Islands are the Largest tortoise species. A specimen named Goliath, who resided at the Life Fellowship Bird Sanctuary in Seffner, Florida, USA, from 1960 until his death in November 2002, was 1.35 m (4 ft 5.5 in) long, 1.02 m (3 ft 3.6 in) wide, 68.5 cm (2 ft 3 in) tall and weighed 417 kg (920 lb).
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