Meet the tortoise and pug who have become unlikely best friends

Paddy the dog and Torty the Siberian tortoise proved they can be very compatible as owner Paul Carroll from Litherland in Liverpool, discovered. The odd animal duo came to be after Torty’s original owner couldn’t afford to take her pet when she was moving house two years ago.

Neighbour Paul decided to adopt the reptile but was unsure of how 13-year-old Paddy would react to their new housemate.

Describing his pug as “a bit lairy” to begin with, the pooch quickly became fascinated with the tortoise by jumping up on the couch and watching for hours.

The 41-year-old gradually introduced the pets in order for them to get used to one another as he did not want them to be frightened of each other.