Holy crap! you guys!! Look at these incredible baby Egyptian tortoises just unveiled at the Woodland park Zoo in Seattle! They are barely bigger than a thumb nail! Gorgeous! anyone want to buy me a ticket to Seattle so I can report on these little ones live? you know you want to…

Tiny Baby Egyptian Tortoise Up Close (via dahalcon)

What’s the difference between a turtle and a tortoise?

What’s the difference between a turtle and a tortoise?

Ok, seriously? These people are both crazy and amazing. I was informed that the most recent episode of the simpsons featured a tortoise on a velvet pillow. I googled to find a clip and came upon this piece of youtube insanity. There may not actually be a tortoise or turtle but I laughed hard enough I thought it deserved a post. Turtle, the simpsons, das experiment….

Der Simpsons! Episode 3: Lisa Buys a Turtle (via Schizima)

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LOS ANGELES – Two Japanese nationals have been arrested at LAX on federal animal smuggling charges for allegedly trying to smuggle turtles and tortoises into the U.S.Authorities seized 55 reptiles which were concealed in snack food boxes inside a suitcase.

And at that very moment I was boarding a plane at LAX myself. I would have gladly stayed and started my tortoise rescue with these little ones. Hope they get sent to better habitats.

Thanks to @karolynprg for the heads up on this breaking news!

OUCH! A large African tortoise, named Freddie, nearly died after he dined on a salad of wood screws, staples, shards of glass, stones and a hunk of calk. Those crazy tortoises.But a Glendale animal hospital, The Animal Emergency Center (which calls itself “one of the nation’s first 24-hour emergency and critical care veterinary hospitals”), surgically removed the foreign objects from Freddie’s belly and even gave him a blood transfusion to keep him alive.

Freddie will be featured on a new show on the National Geographic Channel focused on, believe it or not, unusual items gobbled down by pets.

Text and Photo via http://www.milwaukeenewsbuzz.com/?p=344487

A young hippopotamus in Kenya, has formed a bond with a 100 year old tortoise. The story and photos come from a former Panamanian resident now living in Uganda.

The “baby” hippopotamus, less than a year old, survived tsunami waves on the Kenyan coast, and became attached to a giant male century-old tortoise in an animal facility in Mombassa after being rescued from the Indian Ocean.

The hippopotamus, nicknamed Owen, weighs about 300 kilograms (650 pounds),The a male tortoise, about a century old, seems to be very happy with being a ‘mother’,’ said ecologist Paula Kahumbu, who is in charge of Lafarge Park .
The hippo follows the tortoise around, sleeps next to him, and gets aggressive if anyone comes near.

via www.newsroompanama.com

This is one of my favorite stories about tortoises and inter species love. its been cirulating for a while now but is honestly worth a read….They are friends to this day. There is a book about them and they are creating a special pen for the hippo as it grows so it can be with its kind but still come back and hang with its daddy tortoise. Gotta love that.