An animal lover was shocked to discover her six foot Christmas tree had been destroyed – by her tiny pet tortoise.
Pet owner Jodi Reynolds, from Hailsham in East Sussex, was stunned to find her rescue tortoise, named Thor, had created devastation in her home by throwing over her Christmas tree.
The mum-of-two had left the reptile free to roam around her family home for 20 minutes and was shocked to discover destruction in his wake.
Ms Reynolds claims she popped out to do some quick food shopping on Saturday, December 19, and found her jaw on the floor when she returned to find her £50 tree ruined.
Not only had the tree been thrown over but decorations had ended up smashed and water from the tree stand had spilled all over the floor.
Using her camera phone, Ms Reynolds captured five-year-old tortoise Thor slowly crawling away from the destruction caused by his own claws.
Ms Reynold said: “I only popped to the shop for about 20 minutes to get dinner.
“I normally put him back in his house but I thought as I wouldn’t be long he couldn’t do too much damage, but I was so wrong.
“I walked in and the tree was on the floor, I remember thinking ‘oh my god, what has happened?’
“I saw Thor right there next to it, I came to the conclusion that he must have got under one of the three tree stand legs and pushed it over.
“I think he’s managed to get himself under the gap in the leg and where he’s just carried on and pushed it’s lifted up one of the legs and the whole tree’s toppled over.
“It’s 6ft tall – it’s a real one, so really substantial, and he’s only tiny.
“I was amazed looking at this tiny little thing walking away from it all.
“It’s incredible how strong tortoises are, the name Thor definitely suits him.”
Going into more details about the incident, Ms Reynolds continued: “We did the tree on Friday night and I popped to the shop on Saturday afternoon.
“When I came home it was down. I’m quite a ‘bah humbug’ as well, so he’s clearly taken after me.
“There were a few broken ornaments, we had to get the tree back up and mop up the water from the pot as well as that was all over my floor.
“It was a couple of hours cleaning up and rearranging all the tree ornaments to get it back to normal.”
Thor was adopted by Ms Reynold and her family – which includes eight-year-old daughter Pixie and six-year-old son River – earlier this year after he was found bleeding in the street with damage to his shell.
Vets advised the family not to let Thor hibernate this winter as he continues to recover from his injuries.
Ms Reynolds said: “They’re supposed to hibernate but because of his injuries the vet told me not to [let him] because it was very unlikely he’d survive the injuries.
“He’s also got Pyramiding, which is quite a bad disease in tortoises, but [I’m doing my best to help him] – I’ve only had him six months.
“He’s slowed right down and he’s sleeping for a few days at a time but I just keep waking him up and making sure he’s hydrated, I just didn’t want him to die.
“He buries himself right down deep in the soil [in his house] so I just dig him out, then I leave him on top of the soil to slowly wake himself up.”