- Tortoise Tuk, from Chester, ran fast enough to frighten Chilli the chihuahua
- Footage shows Tuk charging towards Chilli who backs away as he gets close
- Tuk’s owner Alison Eite was dog-sitting Chilli when her tortoise set off in pursuit
Tortoises are not known for their speed, so when this tiny specimen charged towards a chihuahua the dog fled in fright.
Alison Eite, 27, from Chester, was dog-sitting Chilli the chihuahua when her tortoise Tuk set off in pursuit of the pooch.
In her footage, Tuk can be seen running towards Chilli, who backs away as the tortoise gets close.
Chilli lets the tortoise get close and bends down to sniff him before running away again.
In a Facebook post featuring the video, Eite wrote: ‘Of all the dogs Tuk has met, little Chilli definitely put up the most resistance and chased right back.’
Ms Eite said: ‘My dog Eddie, who passed in November, was very submissive to Tuk and they got along great, other than eating each other’s treats whenever they could.
I’m wondering if Tuk feels as though these new dogs are invading Eddie’s space.’
Ms. Eite added: ‘Tuk is friendly and loving and recognizes people he loves instantly.
‘He holds a grudge if I put him away when he wants to be out and is always grumpy with me when he wakes from hibernation.’
Last month, Ms. Eite said Tuk ‘took an instant dislike’ to a little cavapoo called Milo she was dog-sitting for the week.
She said: ‘Although I’ve seen Tuk move quickly before, I’ve never seen him run as quickly as this.’
The tortoise was acquired at a street market in Morocco 20 years ago and taken back to England, Ms. Eite added.