December 5, 2013
Bartley Elementary student Tisha Hance feeds a carrot to Tony, the sulcata tortoise, at an assembly on Thursday featuring exotic animals. Hance was joined by (from left to right) Malaysia Thompson, animal specialist Rick Lang, Devante Eston and Garrett Hufstedler to feed Tony carrots. Tony and other tortoises are attracted to brightly colored objects, so carrots are not only attractive to their taste buds but also their eyesight. Lang, with The Bureau of Lecturers and Concerts Artists, Inc., let Tony walk around the gym and at one point he inched toward a teacher's lime green tennis shoes.