A different sort of pet, Cha Cha the tortoise strolls South Lake Union

Cha Cha the leopard tortoise plows forward on a walk in South Lake Union as passers-by gather to check out an unusual pet. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)

Cha Cha the leopard tortoise plows forward on a walk in South Lake Union as passers-by gather to check out an unusual pet. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times)

“Very few people have interacted intimately with a tortoise,” says Jim Ferron.

By that, he means having one as a long-term pet.

His tortoise is Cha Cha.

Like turtles, they are reptiles from the order Testudines. But tortoises are land-based while turtles live in or around water.

Cha Cha is a 13-year-old leopard tortoise — a strict vegetarian.

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