A Giant River Turtle at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago and His Human Caretaker Both Turn 28 on Pi Day 2020

The wonderful Shedd Aquarium in Chicago (previously) celebrated two birthdays on March 14, 2020, aka Pi Day, despite their closure to the public. Both Yam, a giant river turtle in residence and Yam’s human caretaker Evan turned 28 years old on the same day.

Happy birthday to Yam! While we are closed to the public until March 29, animal care staff are onsite 24/7 to continue looking after the animals, including celebrating birthdays!

A special cake was made for Yam using all sorts of yummy ingredients that contained nutritious treats perfect for a celebrating turtle.

They celebrated twinning with some extra enrichment for Yam: a pie made out of tortoise pellet crust, sweet potato filling and decorations of grapes, pomegranate seeds, and “candles” of kale.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.