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I took my kids to the county fair today and came across the coolest critter. This is Bob. Everyone in unison, let’s all say “Hi, Bob!” Bob is a tortoise, as the sign behind him suggests. Isn’t he cool?! Normally the petting zoo area of the county fair is for the kids. However, I prefer to think of it as an opportunity for anyone to get up close and personal with God’s creatures. That is… if you dare to remain young at heart. And no, I am not about to launch into an argument with anyone on the humanity of keeping a tortoise in captivity. I’m just not.