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)

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

via media.npr.org

Solar Energy at the price of this little guy…

Those of you keeping track of tortoise news (come on I’m not the only one!) have likely heard about the BrightSource solar energy plant being built in California’s Mojave Desert. While the creation of such a plant seems vital to reducing oil dependence some have questioned if the venture is worth the potential demise of species of threatened tortoises and other plant and animal life.
Much debate surrounded the impact the solar plant would have on tortoises in the area, specifically the threatened desert tortoise. In order to move forward with construction, BrightSource had to agree to invest 40 million dollars in plant and animal conservation including transmitters for all tortoises, relocation of the tortoises, and the creation of a multi-acre nature preserve. Relocation cannot be done during the winter so the tortoises are currently being moved to pens to be released into their new location in the spring. Though this seems like a reasonable effort on the part of BrightSource, biologists conducting threat assessments and working on relocation efforts have stated that its not enough and that these tortoises will surely die away. Increased traffic in the area has also led to an increase in injures from encounters between the tortoises and motor vehicles.
While I hope the biologist’s are just a cynical bunch, its still hard to stomach when looking at a little guy like the one pictured. Its stories like this that remind me that when it comes to environmentalism, at this point its almost always gonna be a catch 22.