This leopard tortoise born before the American Civil War


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This leopard tortoise born before the American Civil War



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  1. This is not a leopard tortoise. This is an Aldabra tortoise, which is the second largest tortoise on the planet. The first being the Galapagos and the third being the Sulcata 🙂

  2. Edit: this tortoise is an Aldabra tortoise! I apologize for the mistake- there is indeed a leopard tortoise at the conservancy (I have a picture with her, too!), I just got the names mixed up!

    Edit2: About 40% of the comments are that this is not a leopard tortoise. I get it.

    Edit3: to all the Civil War “what side was he on” comments: I’m sure if the turtle were ever sentient to foreign affairs, he too would have been sick of hearing about US politics.

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    No one will probably see this, BUT:

    This is a leopard tortoise who lives at a Kenyan wildlife conservancy orphanage. I toured the centre the end of my six-week research expedition last year, and had the absolute pleasure to meet and pet this cool dude. He loved neck massages, and just liked to walk around and eat grass.

    I’ll jump on this too and say to any who reads this: do not ever ride tortoises. The weight if a human strains their shell, and can often damage them. This conservancy worked hard to make sure guests never mistreated this cool guy, but there are some “tourist” spots that exploit tortoises for the ‘gram. Don’t be selfish.

  3. I was at the zoo a few weeks ago and I heard this really old sound and I thought it was an old man out of breath. I got closer and realized that this really old tortoise was mounted on top of another female. He was like the grandpa from rugrats gasping out his last breath of air with Each Pump. Everybody was vidding it and taking pics for the gram or whatever. I couldn’t help laughing cuz it was like this thing hadn’t drank water in like 5 days(dry and squeaky sounded) It was the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time and was actually amazed they can still get it up at that age.
    Those kids learned a lesson that day!

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