A tortle is a fifty-fifty mix of tortoise and turtle
with a lifespan
measured in eons and the ability to speak in the common dialect of
humans. The bodily architecture of a tortle is spectacularly
fascinating. Amongst all the two-hundred-and-thirty species of turtles,
there is no other animal in the world (except for the kimono dragon
whose protective armor is so stracturally laudable.
Almost always half-in and half-out of the water, the turtle parts
prefers to remain submerged, while the tortoise part is more
comfortable on dry grounds. The greatest problem involved with the
tortle's intrinsic nature is that it is incapable of feeding itself.
The tortoise half abhors diving under the water in search of fish, and
the turtle half never feels up to scrambling on shore. Many depend on
the kindness of strangers to keep alive.
Critics have argued that these claims orginated from the lazy reptiles
themselves, who have either fooled themselves, or have deceitfully
indulged themselves in a bizarre neurotic joke at the expense of
sympathetic strangers to bring them food. For, as modern biologists
have concluded, all tortoises belong to the turtle family. Thus, the
tortle is quite capable of finding its own food in the water, choosing
from a rich and varied array of aquatic plants and animals.
|SOURCE(S): The Zork Chronicles|