Gowran tortoises renew vows for Valentines weekend.

A MOST unlikely renewing of vows occurred at Reptile Zoo for Valentines weekend.

A MOST unlikely renewing of vows occurred at Reptile Zoo for Valentines weekend.

Zoo director James Hennessy was on hand to witness the ceremony of tortoises Michael and Michelle say ‘I do’ once again in their own very special way.

Even though both tortoises recently turned 40, it was not so much a mid-life crisis as an indication of how long they have spent together.

They have 12 children, and one of them, their four month old daughter, was flower girl for the occasion.

Our pictures show the happy couple having their big day toasted with James, and also shots of Michelle with her daughter and flower girl and the wily Michael.

While most brides would toss away the bouquet, Michelle ate it after the ceremony and the couple plan to stay on honeymoon at the tropical walk through exhibit at Reptile Zoo in Gowran, just outside Kilkenny.