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Awful: Two Florida Girls Investigated For The Abuse And Death Of A Rare, Endangered, Tortoise

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Ugh!

We can't even share the video — it's too hard to watch.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently shared a picture and information about a rare gopher tortoise that was tortured and ultimately killed by two teenage girls from Orange Park, Florida.

The video posted online showed the two girls dousing the tortoise in alcohol before setting it on fire, and then laughing and screaming as the tortoise tried to run away. They also threw the tortoise down the street and stomped on its shell until it broke and the tortoise died.

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Tortoise Lover Crowdfunds Penis Surgery For His Little Shell Of Love!

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This is what crowdfunding was made for!

When Miles Jelfs, a citizen of Bristol, England, adopted a pet tortoise from a friend he immediately noticed something was wrong with the little guy.

The tortoise name is Cedric and he had a prolapse of the cloaca — which basically meant that he had a swollen penis.

Although the operation needed was a minor procedure, it HAD to happen to save

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Runaway Tortoise Caught After A Year On The "Run" — He Only Trekked 30 Miles!

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Freedom was SO CLOSE!

An African-spurred tortoise named Samson made a break for it from an exotic animal farm in Arizona. He had made it out and was surviving on his own, making his way towards truer and truer freedom when he got caught up by an online ad and a microchip.

He had only gotten 30 miles away in six of the months that he was gone. So far, and yet so close!

LOLz!

The other six months he was missing, he was with a

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Impossibly CUTE Tiny Tortoises Born At Zoo!!

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At the Perth Zoo in Australia, thirteen baby Western Swamp Tortoises were born!!

The zoo has been working since 1989 to help conserve these tortoises because they're critically endangered.

They're rebuilding their wild population through their captive breeding/reintroduction program.

Since the program started all those years ago, over 800 tortoises have been born there and 600 of those have been successfully reintroduced into the wild!!

That's ahmayzing!

When these little guys are born they're so crazy small it's ridiculous!

We really realllllly want one! These little guys are painfully cute and we think they'd be perfect just crawling around our hands, all small and cute and tortoisey.

Too adorbz!!

[Image via Daniel Scarparolo/Perth Zoo.]

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Tortoises Make Love At London Zoo While Being Serenaded By Piano!

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Let's.Get.It.ON!!!!!!! HA!

At the London Zoo, tortoise sex is the bee's knees. So much so…they have a pianist (get your mind out of the gutter!) serenading two reptiles during their seksi time!

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Lost Pet Tortoise Found In Storage Closet…After 30 Years!

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Wow….talk about a super pet!

A family in Brazil got QUITE the surprise when a missing friend turned up after 30 years on the lam.

The Brazilian family, the Almeidas, renovated their home and Manuela, the family's red footed tortoise, went missing. Many thought she escaped and went to live in the forest nearby.

Three decades later, the patriarch of the family died and the children returned home to clean house.

And who was there guarding all of their father's belongings????

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Teeny Tiny Tortoise Baby Is Too ADORBz At Paradise Wildelife Park

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Meet Tank, the cutest metrosexual tortoise around!

We mean, srsly! Have you seen the size of the chapstick! LOLz!

The cute four month babe was left by the the U.K.'s Paradise Wildlife Park's former head of reptiles as a gift and he's charming up a storm across the pond!

Looks like we'll be headed to London to get some Tank love soon!

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