What an inspirational story!
A 90-year-old Pembrokeshire tortoise named
Mrs. T has been around for a long time, but recently the gentle creature went through the most traumatic experience of her life.
While the tortoise was hibernating in a garden shed, a rat gnawed off her two front legs. Awful!
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Mrs. T's owner
Jude Ryder got the tortoise the medical help it needed to survive for $1500 — but that didn't buy new legs.
Jude turned to her son
Dale, who cleverly used the wheels from a toy plane to give Mrs. T the chance to move around again!
And the tortoise can now move faster than ever before! Jude said:
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This is crazy! Crazy awesome!!
A man in Tokyo, Japan has been spotted walking his giant tortoise in and around the streets, and the African spurred tortoise seems to be quite comfortable in the concrete jungle.
Pretty cool considering the reptile is used to the southern Sahara desert.
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But the Japanese pet owner walks the tortoise just like we walk our dog. Except, obvi he doesn't need a leash — not like it's going to run away!
Of course, these walks take a bit longer than walking a dog! LOLz!
Talk about a
pet that requires patience!!!
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We can't even share the video — it's too hard to watch.
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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This is what crowdfunding was made for!
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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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!
The other six months he was missing, he was with a
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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!!
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.
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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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