Thad is quite a cutie! I love this photo. Jealous kitty in the background makes it art!

I’m with railtracer, lets not relegate tortoises to ‘other’ pet status. They are just as full of pet ennui as our cats and dogs.

railtracer:

just because i have a cat doesn’t mean that i forgot about my #1 baby

Thad is disgruntled about being held

p.s. i just noticed that pangur’s creepin on my bed. she jealous.

via walb.images.worldnow.com

A private plane took off from Albany’s airport today with some unusual passengers; four Gopher Tortoises.

A good Samaritan brought one of these tortoises to the flint river aquarium after someone witnessed a semi truck run over it.  “We have three more that are going that were transferred from a local rehabber they are sharing the ride,” said Kelly Putnam, a FlintQuarium employee.

It didn’t take long before others caught wind of the situation. “A rehabber in Atlanta caught wind of it and she knew a guy who used to be a pilot who knew the pilot that is transporting them,” she said.

Today Franklin Perry Cawthorn, a local flight instructor, volunteered his time, and his plane to get these tortoises the urgent help they need.

They were flown to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center in Jekyll Island, where doctors specialize in rehabbing turtles.

Once these Tortoises are healthy, they’ll be released. Employees will contact the people who brought them in so they can put them right back where they found them.

Read the whole story here:

http://www.walb.com/global/story.asp?s=13360318

Shell game: Owner drills tortoise, attaches handle

Shell game: Owner drills tortoise, attaches handle

He (the tortoise) takes up a little space. But he’s a character, you know?” he laughs. “He loves to hang with you. They don’t do much, but they love to come over if you’re sitting in the yard and sit next to you. He’s got a little social side of him.

Animals in Clint Eastwood’s life show the tender side – Paw Print Post: A community for Dog, Cat, and Pet Owners – USATODAY.com

Clint Eastwood clearly one ups Leonardo DiCaprio as most famous tort owner. Its good to hear his tort has a suitable home and a quality personality. Never let anyone tell you these animals are boring. 

San Diego Zoo tortoises get an enclosure more fitting of their grand stature – latimes.com

San Diego Zoo tortoises get an enclosure more fitting of their grand stature – latimes.com

Leo DiCaprio Shells Out Cash for Exotic New Pet | TMZ.com

Leo DiCaprio Shells Out Cash for Exotic New Pet | TMZ.com