Bristol Zoo’s 90kg (14 stone) giant tortoise was checked into the on-site vet clinic after keepers noticed some unusual breathing coming from the 32-year-old, called Helen.

One nasal flush, some diagnostic tests under anaesthetic and a course of antibiotics later, and Helen’s nasal infection is doing a lot better.

Helen is an Aldabran giant tortoise – a species classified as “vulnerable” – and has been at Bristol Zoo for 11 years. Giant tortoises can live up to 150 years old.

Bristol Zoological Society’s mission is to save wildlife through conservation action and engaging people with the natural world.

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  • Image courtesy Bob Pitchford

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