Turtley awesome: Adventures of Instagram’s famous turtle inspires children’s book
A baby turtle has bagged a book deal after becoming a HUGE internet sensation despite measuring just 1.5 inches.
Dwight the Turtle has over 60million views on Facebook and more than 15,000 followers on Instagram, including celebrity fan Tyrese Gibbon from Fast and Furious.
The three-month-old western painted turtle was rescued from a gutter in May by Mike Miller from Colorado, USA.
Mike, who runs his own marketing company and specialises in social media, spotted Dwight’s internet potential and set up an Instagram page for his new pet.
Now the reptile’s adventures have inspired a children’s book which will be published later this year.
Mike, 23, said: “To break the internet all you need is a cute animal. People love him because of his size and because he is such a go-getter.
“Dwight loves to climb and then often falls over. But no matter how big the obstacle is he will always tackle it.
“That’s what the audience really love about him. I get a lot of comments saying that he is an inspiration because when he falls over, he just flips around on to his front no matter what.
“I can’t reveal much but I was contacted by a publisher and now he has inspired a children book to be published by the end of the year.”
Mike added: “He is semi-aquatic so I taught him to swim and my younger brother named him Dwight.
“When Dwight came into the my life I saw an opportunity so I instantly made a Instagram page for him. It started off just for fun but he actually loves being on camera.
“Twice a week I normally film him playing for a full hour then edit it down to seven seconds. It’s really fun for me too, I buy some props then I just let him do his thing. I love him to death.”
As well as the children’s book Mike has lots planned for Dwight, including an smartphone app and a hand console game featuring his fun-loving pet.