Thursday getting you down? Take a few minutes and watch Lilo swim her way back to health via the Texas A&M Turtle Facility’s  Turtle Cam!  This is my kinda meditation. 

(Source: houstonchronicle.com)

Welcome Lilo to Texas A&M University at Galveston’s“Turtle Cam,” which monitors the small circular tank where Lilo glides around, occasionally eating shrimp and crab, for 24 hours a day. On Tuesday afternoon, 31 people were watching the stream, currently housed on Galveston.com, but soon to move over to the A&M’s website, as well. The stream has had more than 12,000 viewers.

A&M rehabilitates the turtles in the tanks like the one featured on the live stream. The turtles, most of which have spent time healing from illness or injuries at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Turtle Facility in Galveston, a sort of sea turtle hospital, are put in the tanks and allowed to swim around until they regain their strength and grow less used to humans.

“We’re trying to get them back to their natural state where they’re fearful of people, or at least cognizant that this isn’t normal,” said Dr. Kimberly Reich, marine research facility manager at A&M

Lilo, and another small turtle nicknamed Stitch, were washed ashore with this summer’s endless wave of seaweed. The two spent about a month at the sea turtle facility before moving over to A&M’s tanks late last week. They’ll stay there through the winter, Reich said.

In 2012, the Turtle Cam hosted its first star: Milagro, a turtle, who had suffered a cracked carapace, damaged lungs, a missing right front flipper and portion of his shell. The turtle, who had been found by a couple of fishermen, also had pneumonia.

A growing online following watched as a recovering Milagro swam around his tank. He was release the day after Memorial Day.

brandybacklash:

Tried to upload these earlier but my phone denied me. PACO SHENANIGANS! I kissed him, he returned the kiss my snorting as much of my neck skin into his nose as he could (feels really weird btw) and then did his version of cuddling (digging at my chest and neck) Before deciding to perch like a baby or a parrot. Goober. 

This is my favorite kinda tortie snuggle! <3 <3 

brandybacklash:

Tried to upload these earlier but my phone denied me. PACO SHENANIGANS! I kissed him, he returned the kiss my snorting as much of my neck skin into his nose as he could (feels really weird btw) and then did his version of cuddling (digging at my chest and neck) Before deciding to perch like a baby or a parrot. Goober. 

This is my favorite kinda tortie snuggle! <3 <3 

brandybacklash:

Tried to upload these earlier but my phone denied me. PACO SHENANIGANS! I kissed him, he returned the kiss my snorting as much of my neck skin into his nose as he could (feels really weird btw) and then did his version of cuddling (digging at my chest and neck) Before deciding to perch like a baby or a parrot. Goober. 

This is my favorite kinda tortie snuggle! <3 <3 

ryanneramblesagain:

Daisy’s protecting Zoe for us

Daisy! you’re doing an exceptional job protecting! Between you and Zoe any intruder will just collapse into a cuteness coma!

ryanneramblesagain:

Daisy’s protecting Zoe for us

Daisy! you’re doing an exceptional job protecting! Between you and Zoe any intruder will just collapse into a cuteness coma!

ryanneramblesagain:

Daisy’s protecting Zoe for us

Daisy! you’re doing an exceptional job protecting! Between you and Zoe any intruder will just collapse into a cuteness coma!

thewhimsyturtle:

Warm summer weather means lots of time outside on our deck!

I often find delicious-looking potential noms on our deck. I bop them with my nose, but if Mommy shouts, “No, Kirby, no!”, then I don’t nom them and keep walking. “No” is the third word I learned, after “breakfast” and my name. Mommy is so proud of me!

Wow! you go Kirby! you’re so smart! I sometimes don’t like to listen but my humom likes to yell “No Zoya! No!” too.

Wanna know something funny? No is the first I learned and it turns out it was my humom’s first word too! heee 

The Tufts Library in Weymouth’s resident Russian tortoise, Lightening McRead, has been feeling the love of his community these last few weeks. After the bin collecting donations for his care and feeding was stollen, the community rallied to raise back the lost funds and show their support for this handsome shell. 

From the look on his face, I’d say Lightening is enjoying stardom. Some enclosure upgrades are definitely in order and may we suggest some celebratory radicchio?? mmmnomnomnom 

If you’d like to donate, address and other contact info is available on their website under contact info. Click Here

(Source: WCVB.com)

WEYMOUTH, Mass. —Lightning McRead is suddenly living large.

News partner The Patriot Ledger reports the tortoise and longtime mascot of the children’s room at the Tufts Library has been the beneficiary of an outpouring of donations in the week since a thief grabbed a water jug full of donated cash meant for his care.

“It’s just amazing,” Library Director Robert MacLean said. “It’s been a community-wide response. It’s a great silver lining to what was a sad story.”

On Sept. 4, a man grabbed the jug and ran out the door to a waiting black pickup truck, police said. The jug contained between $150 and $260 in spare change and dollar bills that library users had donated over the course of the summer.

As soon as word of the theft spread, the donations started rolling in, MacLean said. As of Friday afternoon, the library had received $484 in new donations. A resident pledged another $200 if the stolen money wasn’t recovered by the end of the day Friday.

Police had not identified a suspect as of Friday afternoon, Capt. Richard Fuller said.

The library staff decided to put the jug out this summer to help raise money for food, bedding and veterinary care for Lighting, a Russian tortoise that was given to the library by a family that could no longer care for him in 2006.

The newly donated money is being kept locked up, MacLean said.

Even Lightning seems to have been caught up in the excitement his story has generated.

“He’s peppier this week. Maybe it’s something in the air. He’s walking around and he’s a little bit more active,” MacLean said. “If we can do some nice upgrades to his tank, he should be pleased.”

taliaandrobin:

I can stand on my back legs again now hoomin! Thank you for the physio and lots of baths!

I made a Facebook group for my love of all things shelled scaley and fangy!

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1529315597291954?ref=bookmark

you are one tough shell! keep it up! those legs are looking strong. We believe in you and think your human is pretty awesome too. 😀

taliaandrobin:

I can stand on my back legs again now hoomin! Thank you for the physio and lots of baths!

I made a Facebook group for my love of all things shelled scaley and fangy!

https://m.facebook.com/groups/1529315597291954?ref=bookmark

you are one tough shell! keep it up! those legs are looking strong. We believe in you and think your human is pretty awesome too. 😀

jayreptar:

Princess/Little Angel investigating her new home and stream. 

I believe that face reads “Hmm.. I believe I like it here. Bring me the noms!” 

jayreptar:

Princess/Little Angel investigating her new home and stream. 

I believe that face reads “Hmm.. I believe I like it here. Bring me the noms!” 

jayreptar:

Princess/Little Angel investigating her new home and stream. 

I believe that face reads “Hmm.. I believe I like it here. Bring me the noms!”