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Meet The Tortoise Who Loves Playing Football

This yen-year-old tortoise loves playing FOOTBALL – and can even head the ball by ramming it with his shell.

Phu Pha – whose favourite team is Manchester City – was rescued several years ago after being found in the jungle in Phrae, northern Thailand.

He started joining in when children were kicking around a ball and was soon chasing after it. Phu Pha can push the ball with his front ball.

But the tortoise’s favourite trick is recoiling into his hard shell, rocking back on his legs, then lunging forward to propel the football forward with a diving header.

Proud owner Sompon Dawan, 52, said: ”Phu Pha is a very stubborn turtle and he will play with the football for a long time. Even when I try to tell him to go to bed he will stay outside.

”He first learned to play with the ball when the children were playing in the village and he joined in. He was following the ball and the children let him kick it.

”Phu Pha would play football every day and he was in a bad mood if he couldn’t play. Now I let him practice every day. My favourite team is Manchester City so Phu Pha supports them too.

”I would like to find a female for him to breed and have children with. Then we can have a whole team of tortoise for playing football.

”Phu Pha hasn’t shown interest in breeding yet but we will keep trying.”

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