St Albans mum goes viral after posting a video walking her pet tortoise

Jill's video pretending to walk her tortoise around St Albans has gone viral. Picture: Supplied

Jill's video pretending to walk her tortoise around St Albans has gone viral. Picture: Supplied - Credit: Archant

A video of a St Albans woman taking her pet tortoise for a walk during the coronavirus shutdown has gone viral.

Jill Priest of Jennings Road said the filming had started out as a laugh with her friend.

Jill explained: “It came about from a conversation with a friend who said her dog was helping her to get out once a day. I joked that because I don’t have a dog and still want to go out that I would have to walk my tortoise, Petal, as my one daily exercise trip.”

Jill’s friend said she would love to see a video of that so she carefully placed some string in the shot and pretended to be walking the creature.

The mum-of-two said she cannot believe how much interest the footage has had.


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Currently it has had 1.86 million views on Facebook and 9.7 thousand on It’s Gone Viral.

Jill added: “A lot of people have tagged their friends who don’t like exercise and some who have tortoises.

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“It has mainly had people liking it and sharing it. It was exciting to start with but I have realised that I would not like being a celebrity as I don’t really like all the attention.

“I am glad I have been able to cheer people up with this at such a tricky time.”

Jill is an actor with OVO theatre company in St Albans, and also works as a volunteer with hedgehogs at The London Colney Hedgehog Rescue.

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