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Tortoise Helps Friend Who’s Flipped Over (Video)

This turtle can teach us all a little something about kindness and friendship.

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1:53PM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

Turtles are awesome, as many have said. They've been showing me that and all sorts of surprises in my turtle cognition lab for over 30 years. They're smart, as the headline that appeared in the New York Times Science section November 19, 2013, said: "Coldblooded Does Not Mean Stupid: Coldblooded, but Surprisingly Smart." But I agree with William K.'s second hypothesis: This tortoise is not doing the female a favor. He's turning her over against her will--notice the flailing legs trying to reach ground to push back?--in order to follow her and eventually mate. Tortoise males sometimes follow females for quite a while before attempting to mount. Also, I've seen a box turtle turn herself upside down when a horny male approached. He tried to turn her over but did not succeed. Later, she righted herself.

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3:33AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

2:15AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013


10:14AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Awwwwww so beautiful and inspirational and cute!

8:14AM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

so cute!!!!!!!!! thanks for sharing!
this made my day!

9:15PM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

so cute....."with a little help from my friends".

5:53AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Great video, made me smile! Thanks for sharing!

4:03AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

How adorable --- a beautiful video, thanks for sharing with us!

8:05PM PDT on Apr 18, 2013


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