During WW2, as that Mister Hitler was busy bombing brave, plucky, London, one of his bombs landed on and flattened several houses on Woodside Ave N6. As neighbours rushed to the scene of the damage they saw a small slow-moving creature emerging from the still smoking crater. That creature, was a tortoise who the residents immediately christened Adolf. It was unclear who owned Adolf, but it seemed entirely possible that he lived at one of the houses destroyed by the bomb. He was adopted by the next door neighbours, who when they moved, passed Adolf onto the new owners with whom he still resides.
Adolf is now at least 72 years old and last Sunday, having lain motionless over the long winter within his bomb damaged shell, he was brought out of his box in the shed and into the sunshine in the hope that he may have survived another year. With the encouragement of the clement weather, some sunshine and Carey who looks after him he had indeed survived, and for much longer than Gloria Gaynor could have even imagined.
Adolf is now back in his garden looking for some fresh dandelion leaves. He is featured in this week's Ham & High newspaper.
Carey has even polished his shell.
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