Rescuers found an unlikely animal in need of evacuation at a remote location amid the raging Northern California wildfires. When a search-and-rescue team found the 200-pound, 85-year-old tortoise Friday, they quickly gathered a crew, led by Napa County Animal Services, to relocate the animal, according

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“No Tortoise Left Behind”

Dogs and cats aren’t the only animals being rescued from the flooding in Texas and we’re glad to hear it! This Sulcata tortoise may not be excited about being on a boat, but he sure is lucky he’s out of the water.

“This tortoise was rescued Wednesday on a tugboat by Aaron Jayjack during historic flooding in the city. He looks a bit discombobulated … albeit safely aboard and secure.” – (Via TMZ)

Aaron Jayjack, you will always hold a place of honor with the #turtpocalypse.

We hope all of our Texas shell friends, and all friends and family, are safe and sound. We are sending all the good energy your way. 

If you have anything to spare here are some ways to help Texas:

For All

Just to name a few… Please feel free to add to this list! 

Editing to add another great rescue (Via KOTV news on 6

It took 2 people to load him into the truck but Goliath, the 31-year-old sulcata tortoise, was rescued along with many of his furry neighbors. 

tort-time:

“No Tortoise Left Behind”

Dogs and cats aren’t the only animals being rescued from the flooding in Texas and we’re glad to hear it! This Sulcata tortoise may not be excited about being on a boat, but he sure is lucky he’s out of the water.

“This tortoise was rescued Wednesday on a tugboat by Aaron Jayjack during historic flooding in the city. He looks a bit discombobulated … albeit safely aboard and secure.” – (Via TMZ)

Aaron Jayjack, you will always hold a place of honor with the #turtpocalypse.

We hope all of our Texas shell friends, and all friends and family, are safe and sound. We are sending all the good energy your way. 

If you have anything to spare here are some ways to help Texas:

For All

Just to name a few… Please feel free to add to this list! 

Editing to add another great rescue (Via KOTV news on 6

It took 2 people to load him into the truck but Goliath, the 31-year-old sulcata tortoise, was rescued along with many of his furry neighbors. 

“No Tortoise Left Behind”

Dogs and cats aren’t the only animals being rescued from the flooding in Texas and we’re glad to hear it! This Sulcata tortoise may not be excited about being on a boat, but he sure is lucky he’s out of the water.

“This tortoise was rescued Wednesday on a tugboat by Aaron Jayjack during historic flooding in the city. He looks a bit discombobulated … albeit safely aboard and secure.” – (Via TMZ)

Aaron Jayjack, you will always hold a place of honor with the #turtpocalypse.

We hope all of our Texas shell friends, and all friends and family, are safe and sound. We are sending all the good energy your way. 

If you have anything to spare here are some ways to help Texas:

For All

Just to name a few… Please feel free to add to this list! 

“No Tortoise Left Behind”

Dogs and cats aren’t the only animals being rescued from the flooding in Texas and we’re glad to hear it! This Sulcata tortoise may not be excited about being on a boat, but he sure is lucky he’s out of the water.

“This tortoise was rescued Wednesday on a tugboat by Aaron Jayjack during historic flooding in the city. He looks a bit discombobulated … albeit safely aboard and secure.” – (Via TMZ)

Aaron Jayjack, you will always hold a place of honor with the #turtpocalypse.

We hope all of our Texas shell friends, and all friends and family, are safe and sound. We are sending all the good energy your way. 

If you have anything to spare here are some ways to help Texas:

For All

Just to name a few… Please feel free to add to this list! 

charlotte-bowyer:

It’s been almost seven years since I got this dork. He was so happy when we took him from a woodchip filled vivarium to a proper table with soil substrate, and he has enriched our lives so much. I got him a dandelion flower for his birthday. Can’t believe he’s turning ten already! They grow up so fast. ;’) 

Happy birthday Fitzy!!!

Happy Birthday, Fitzy!!!

I’m so happy you found a forever home with humans willing ti give you the care you need to grow happy and healthy! It’s incredible what a difference proper husbandry makes.  Heres to another 10 years!

Friends! Have you seen the adorable pancake tortoises  @courtnashe  has shared with us? Well, she has created an incredibly well-researched care sheet for those looking to care for Pancake tortoises!

Pancake Tortoise Care Sheet  http://www.tortoiseforum.org/threads/pancake-care-sheet.159222/

Finding a quality care sheet based on well-researched information and experience is vital to raising a happy and healthy tort. Check this care sheet out and share it with anyone caring for or looking to care for pancake tortoises!

In related news: 

We are starting a master list of quality care sheets! There’s an incredible amount of bad information out there on how to care for turtles and torts and sadly that information seems to be what’s most accessible and most frequently put in the hands of first-time owners.  So, let’s band together and create a place where you can find quality care sheets on as many species of turtles and tortoises as possible!  

If you know of a quality, thorough, and well-researched care sheet for a particular species of turtle or tortoise send them along! We’re trying to verify the quality of information of everything we put on the list so all input is helpful. If you’re interested in helping out with this project, please message as well!

(via The Hocking Hills Animal Clinic Facebook Page)

Wildlife rehabbers and vets don’t generally get follow up reports and most will tell you they prefer it that way. That makes the discovery by a vet at The Hocking Hills Animal Clinic in Ohio that much more amazing.  

Years after treating a wild box turtle that had been hit by a car,  repairing its cracked shell with fiberglass and rehabbing it till It was strong enough for release, she encountered a familiar pattern in the leaves while on a hillside walk. 

Looking down she immediately knew it was her old patient! The injured box turtle was alive and well and had grown up quite a bit since their last meeting. She immediately shared the images on the clinics Facebook. Gotta love a happy ending for a dedicated vet and a tough shell friend. 😀

DESERT TORTOISE TRAPPED IN MINE SHAFT FOR DAYS IS SAVED

(Via KVOA Tucson

A kind human was off-roading in the desert when he noticed something unusual down an old abandoned mine shaft, an endangered desert tortoise! The shaft was aprox. 20 ft deep and 30 ft wide with walls too steep for him to reach the tortoise safely, so he contacted the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) with GPS coordinates and directions to the mine.

Given how deep the mine was, the AZGFD’s wildlife management waited till morning and headed out to rescue the tortoise. Using an extension ladder, repelling ropes, and determination, they were able to reach this little guy and carry him out of the mine!

He was incredibly dehydrated and emaciated and unfortunately unfit to be released into the wild on the spot. His rescuers gave him a good soak and brought him back to be cared for through the winter months. Rumor has it he’s gaining weight like a champ, getting all the spoils he deserves after that scary trip down the mine.

(Via Arizona Game and Fish Department Facebook)  

The tortoise was extremely dehydrated and very emaciated, he had been in there for quite a while. We immediately soaked him in the field, but after looking at him closely, we found he was extremely light, had scarring on his legs, a swollen joint on his back leg, and had worn down his front toenails to nothing. We made the determination if we released him he probably would not make it through the winter. It was already late fall, he was in very poor shape, and he would never be able to gain sustenance so late in the fall. With his front toenails completely gone, he probably would not be able to even dig a burrow in time to get out of the winter weather season; so we are rehabilitating him through the winter. He is recuperating nicely, to date he has gained almost a pound in weight and is eating regularly.

Incredible work by this good samaritan and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Thanks to them we lost one less desert tortoise this past year. 

Hello! My name is Hershel I’m a baby Greek tortoise and I was adopted yesterday and brought home since I’m a baby I sleep 90% of the time the other 10% is eating and pooping my mom has to soak me twice a day in Lukewarm water to keep me hydrated. I met my sister Jessiah she’s much more outgoing than I am and she scares me but I hope one day to be close with her.

Hello Hershel!!  welcome to your forever home and to tortblr!

Sleeping a lot is good, humans always say they need their ‘beauty sleep’ and well, we’re SO much cuter than they are so clearly we need a lot more sleep! You’re doing a good job with that already. Hydration is very important, especially this time of year. Please don’t tell my human that you behave so well in the bath. She’ll start expecting me to do the same (NOPE).  

Your sister Jessiah is quite the looker too! She has that shell-model pose. Don’t worry, soon you’ll be roaming around and causing trouble together. You’ll also grow bigger and stronger and start demanding noms and pooping in protest (human says I’m a bad influence.. pshaw)

Most important, you found yourself a fantastic human that cares about you SO much and is gonna make sure you are healthy and happy just like your sister! Keep being adorable! We expect updates on your growth and welcome you as part of the #turtpocalypse!