A FAMILY are being terrorised by a pet with a difference – a 12-year-old tortoise with a serious anger management problem.
Timmy the tortoise was brought home by dad John French but it soon became clear the raging reptile was not a "people person" as he started chasing them down, biting them and headbutting anything that got in his way.
And things only got worse when sheepish John had to reveal to his wife Steph that they may be stuck with the shell-raiser for some time – as he could live for another 100 YEARS.
John took in the territorial tortoise a year ago when he saw him banging against a glass vivarium in a nursery the sports coach was working in.
The 12-year-old reptile has now claimed the family's Cumbrian garden after spending so many years in a tiny tank – and fiercely defends it at any opportunity.
Footage shows Timmy patrolling the garden, ramming his head into a toy that has been left out and then chasing John at speed and biting his feet whenever he gets close.
Timmy has become so violent that the family have been forced to ditch children's parties for fear that the tortoise would attack and injure their young guests.
John, from Penrith, Cumbria, said: "He is very territorial. Anything that is in the garden that isn't grass gets attacked.
"He is crazy. I would get him a girlfriend but I think he might kill her.
"He is very fast. That's one of the things I first noticed about him. We are just giving him a bit of time to get used to it. He is making up for lost time now. He is absolutely rapid.
"He was fine for a while. We had to look for him in the garden because he would hide himself away but after a year he became so territorial.
"My wife didn't realise he was living with us. Now she hates him. He goes for her feet. They can live for 100 years but my wife didn't realise that either.
"I find it quite funny. My friends love him. We normally have the children's parties in the garden but we don't anymore because they would get chased around."
Steph, a 31-year-old nursery nurse, said: "I initially thought he [Timmy] was just staying with us for the Summer holidays. When John told me that he was actually living with us on a permanent basis I was not happy at all.
"He already has four large turtles living in our garden pond that love to escape into our garden.
"To make matters worse John told me that he may live to 100, so we are stuck with him now for life.
"He has a terrible temper and attacks anything that moves in the garden and he constantly bites at my shoes or any toys left lying on the grass."
John has recently brought Timmy in the house to hibernate in a box in their garage until March next year in the hopes that this will calm him down.
John said: "He has never been in hibernation before so it is a bit of a risk. It might sort him out but I doubt it. It might make him worse."
Last year we reported on scary photos of cats glaring angrily at the camera.
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