John Chitty checking over Tortoises in 2015.

Tortoise enthusiasts gathered at a special Tortoise Sleepover Party hosted by Anton Vets earlier this month.

A total of 220 tortoises and their owners took part in the day.

The special event was held at Burghclere Down Community Centre where the vets were on hand to give each tortoise a pre-hibernation check. Tortoises were weighed, wormed and ultra sound scanned and had their nails trimmed ahead of their big sleep.

Owners could enjoy free drinks and biscuits whilst letting their tortoises mingle amongst their friends.

Anton Vets hold two parties a year for the tortoises and are now looking forward to seeing everyone again at the wake up party next year.

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