insatiabletraveler:

Face to face with a leopard tortoise in South Africa. I pretty handsome fellow I think. There is a legend in SA that when a tortoise crosses the road it’s going to rain. As luck would have it, he WAS crossing a road and wouldn’t you know it, after weeks of drought it rained an hour later. I guess Some legends are true! ~ taken while on safari at @molorisafari Lodge in Madikwe.

How amazing is that! Always knew we torties had magical powers. Zoya says there’s another legend that says if a tortoise is allowed to roam a yard, no dandelions will be present once they are gone.

Witnessed The Beginning Of Life Today

thewelldressedvagabond:

Having rested the last 3 days recovering from Dengue fever and still doing so this very moment, I decided to take a short walk on the beach.

On my way back, noticed about 3 small spider-like animals crawling towards the ocean. Realized upon closer inspection they were newly hatched tortoises. I looked up away from the ocean towards the dry sand and noticed 40, 50 + more tortoises coming down towards the water, so helped them out in reaching the water along with some other passersby who asked what was going on and what I was doing, after which they then proceeded to enjoy and be part of the experience too.

It’s humbling to know I am the first person to see these tortoises being born and heading out into our infested world and despite our infestation, these tortoises may live to be 100s of years old.

incredible. 

Witnessed The Beginning Of Life Today

thewelldressedvagabond:

Having rested the last 3 days recovering from Dengue fever and still doing so this very moment, I decided to take a short walk on the beach.

On my way back, noticed about 3 small spider-like animals crawling towards the ocean. Realized upon closer inspection they were newly hatched tortoises. I looked up away from the ocean towards the dry sand and noticed 40, 50 + more tortoises coming down towards the water, so helped them out in reaching the water along with some other passersby who asked what was going on and what I was doing, after which they then proceeded to enjoy and be part of the experience too.

It’s humbling to know I am the first person to see these tortoises being born and heading out into our infested world and despite our infestation, these tortoises may live to be 100s of years old.

incredible.