This patient Japanese man takes his giant tortoise for 'slow' walks in Tokyo

Straits Times Animal AnticsA giant tortoise going for languid walks with his Japanese owner has become a hit online.

Passers-by who spotted them in Tokyo's Tsukishima district have posted their photos on social media.

Unlike walking a dog, no leash is required, and the elderly gentlemen hardly breaks a sweat as he strolls alongside his African spurred tortoise.

The tortoise also models some cute outfits, like this frilly pink checked shell cover.