Photos: The tortoise and the hair at the Charles Paddock Zoo


Enjoying a nice day at the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero is one of the newer additions: alpacas.

Alpacas’ hair is trimmed so they can see to the sides, but if they look downward and to the front, it appears their hair is growing over their eyes. Alpacas were domesticated as many as 6,000 years ago by Andean societies in South America.

In the second photo, traffic tie-ups happen even at tortoise speeds. The tortoise at the left was cut off and had to pull its head back for a minute while the other passed.

There was no street signage in the enclosure at the zoo so it is unclear who had the right of way.

The radiated tortoise is a critically endangered reptile from the island of Madagascar. They can live up to 50 years in the wild and 100 years in captivity.