Giant tortoises from the Galapagos Islands in Spalding Market Place today
Crowds are gathering around the pen to see Trojan (26), a 24 stone male, and four of his younger pals.
He described Trojan as a “teenager” because he will grow for another 20 years and gain a further 15-20 stones in weight over that time – and may well live to be 150-years-old.
Adrian began collecting giant tortoises in the Noughties because he’s interested in their conservation.
He said: “None of the zoos are actively researching them or trying to breed them for the future so I would like to do my little bit.”
So far, he says, no giant tortoises have been bred in Europe.
Adrian moved to Lincolnshire a couple of years ago and now farms around seven acres.
His interest in tortoises stems from a fur allergy when he was a child – that meant cats and dogs were ruled out, leaving him a choice of keeping fish or having a garden tortoise.
“I went down the tortoise route,” he said.
• Weather permitting today’s street show runs to 3pm.