A 40-year-old tortoise in Exeter has become a local shell-ebrity after residents rallied to keep him in lettuce during lockdown.
Noddy the tortoise was at risk of running out of salad and dandelion leaves when his owner Madelin Bexon, who is self-isolating in Pinhoe, put out a community call for help.
Now Noddy’s family has launched the Tortoise Project, challenging children to grow lettuce at home and learn more about the reptiles.
Helping to deliver Noddy’s favourite food was nearby neighbour, Tess, aged 10, who was one of a host of volunteers dropping off food parcels to those isolating in Pinhoe.
Exeter City Council said volunteers across the city continue to support those in need throughout the pandemic.
The Exeter Community Wellbeing Hub is a council-run service that connects volunteers with people in their area who need assistance.
An Exeter City Council spokesperson said: “Community spirit in this crisis period is really coming to the fore as people find ways to help each other, whether by delivering supplies or raising spirits.
“With volunteers delivering food parcels from street to street, one resident in Pinhoe put in a slightly unusual order.
“A 40-year-old tortoise named Noddy was struggling to keep up his leafy green and salad habit.
“Noddy’s owner Madelin Bexon is currently isolating and put out a call for his favourite food. The community rallied round to donate lettuces and bags of dandelion leaves.
“Noddy is fast becoming a local celebrity, and his family have recently initiated the Tortoise Project.
“Children are being asked to grow lettuce at home over the coming weeks and find out more about tortoises as a research task.
“Many children and adults are trying out their green fingers for Noddy, and Madelin is hopeful that the project will encourage learning and storytelling for children staying at home.”
To volunteer your time or to request support, get in touch with the Exeter Community Wellbeing Hub. Call 01392 265000. Lines are open Monday until Friday, 9am- 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9am-12 noon.
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