David Arenson's blog has an interesting take on the way of the tortoise. As a matter of fact my wife collects tortoises. She has 23 of them of all sizes and shapes, and made from diverse materials, including two made from clay by our grandchildren. I try and find a new model whenever I go on a trip.
We once had a pet tortoise called Montezuma. This was a compliment on his speed. He was much faster than you would expect. You'd put him somewhere in the garden and then watch Monty zoom away.