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WATCH: Good Guy Tortoise Helps Stranded Friend

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.15.2014 | Good News

When you're down and troubled, arms waving helplessly in the air, it's good to know that you've got a friend. Like this good-guy tortoise, for exam...

Why Not Send Lonesome George on Tour?

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Cecilia Alvear

At last week's New York unveiling of the mounted body of Lonesome George, the legendary Galápagos tortoise, the VIPs in attendance dismissed it as a silly idea: "George is a rock star, why not send him on tour?"

I'm With Stupid: When Will the Reptile Abuse Finally End?

Todd Hartley | Posted 11.05.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

On the surface, this would seem to be a clear-cut case of animal cruelty. Those geckos are dead because of the actions of some humans. But I think this case actually resides in more of a gray area because I think the geckos were willing participants.

A Tortoise Isn't a Billboard, Except in Aspen

Carl Safina | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Carl Safina

I'm willing to grant that the turtles will probably survive the experience. But if it isn't cruel, it's certainly tasteless, in the non-culinary way. This is not the relationship we're supposed to have with living things. They are not here to be treated like some kind of moving furniture.

Wildlife Officials Take Unusual Step To Save Endangered Tortoises

AP | Posted 10.17.2014 | Green

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The federal government is taking the unusual step of beginning to sterilize an endangered species it is trying to save. ...

WATCH: Adorable Tortoises Use Touch-Screens To Win Berries

LiveScience | Laura Geggel | Posted 08.05.2014 | Science

Touch-screen technology has ventured into the world of reptiles. Red-footed tortoises have learned how to use the device in exchange for a strawberr...

Baby Alligator And Tortoise Might Be The Best Partners In Crime

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.24.2014 | Green

Here's an animal story that gives us paws: Carlos is a young alligator, about 12 inches long, who normally lives at the Garlyn Zoo in the small Michig...

New Book Offers 'Biography' of Galápagos

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 07.04.2014 | Books
Cecilia Alvear

The bishop, who along with the sailors, had to endure a water shortage, was not impressed and later wrote to the King of Spain the place looked "as though at some time God had showered stones."

The Only Way To Get Around

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 01.30.2014 | Comedy

Animals love to ride Roombas, and a tortoise is basically like a living Roomba. Right? Whether they like it or not, these slow-moving reptiles can...

Abandoned, Injured Tortoise Gets Fitted With An Adorable Lego Wheel Prosthetic Leg

Posted 12.09.2013 | Good News

When an abandoned tortoise called Schildi lost his leg, most likely from an accident, he had trouble adapting to his new prosthetic. The artificial le...

Turtle Meets Dog, Things Get Complicated

Posted 09.05.2013 | Green

We all know about the rivalry between the tortoise and the hare, but what about the tortoise and the dog? Lots of turtles and dogs get along just ...

On Overcoming a Debilitating Fear... of Turtles

Ani Vrabel | Posted 08.26.2013 | New York
Ani Vrabel

It's not a great exaggeration to say that last weekend, I walked into my own worst nightmare: the New York Turtle & Tortoise Society's annual Turtle and Tortoise Show. I had decided it was time to kick my ridiculous phobia -- and I figured an unconventional fear deserved an unconventional attempt to beat it.

Stolen African Tortoise Found In A Most Unusual Place

AP | Posted 04.06.2013 | Green

DUBUQUE, Iowa -- An 18-pound African leopard tortoise who went missing from an Iowa museum has been found alive in an elevator in the building. KWWL-...

Collateral Damage and Clean Energy

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 05.11.2013 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

How many threatened birds and tortoises would you be willing to sacrifice to build a commercial wind farm, or a utility-scale solar array? It's an oversimplified way to frame things, of course, but it highlights the reality that renewable energy has environmental impacts, too.

New Hope Emerges For Extinct Turtle Species

AP | FRANK BAJAK | Posted 11.22.2012 | Science

LIMA, Peru -- Lonesome George, the late reptile prince of the Galapagos Islands, may be dead, but scientists now say he may not be the last giant tort...

Who Stole Stumpy The Three-Legged Tortoise?

Posted 10.20.2012 | Green

Stumpy the tortoise has been found! Earlier this week, "Wildman" Phil Rakoci reported that his beloved three-legged reptile, along with several oth...

Lonesome George: When the Last Is No More

Ken White | Posted 08.27.2012 | San Francisco
Ken White

I've always been drawn to tortoises and turtles, ever since I was a little kid, and I remember as a young man learning of and being moved by the story of Lonesome George.

Last-Of-His-Kind Tortoise Dies At 100

Reuters | Posted 08.24.2012 | Green

* Giant tortoise, 100 years old, was a symbol of the Galapagos * Galapagos park may decide to embalm his body By Alexan...

Two-Headed Tortoise Takes The Spotlight In Ukraine

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 03.06.2012 | Weird News

While two-headed turtles seem to be more common than one might think -- who could forget "Teeny" and "Tiny" or the other two-headed turtle found in a ...

4 Accused Of Eating Endangered Zimbabwe Tortoises

AP | ANGUS SHAW | Posted 04.17.2012 | Green

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Four Chinese nationals have been arrested on cruelty charges after they cut up and ate rare tortoises, an animal protection ...

PHOTOS: Local Turtles Up For Adoption

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 02.10.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Perhaps you've seen this delightful video of Tony (the human) taking Newman (the Sulcata tortoise) for a walk in Burbank, Calif. If so, ...

Huge Tortoises Seized From NJ Home, Taken To Zoo

AP | Posted 11.13.2011 | Green

HIGHLANDS, N.J. — Four tortoises seized from a New Jersey home are being evaluated at a rescue zoo. Some of them had cracked shells, which had ...

WATCH: Tortoise Chases Man In Motorized Chair

Posted 10.24.2011 | Comedy

Tortoises might not be the first animals that come to mind when you think of high-speed chases, but don't tell that to Cruiser the desert tortoise. He...

Saving a Living Treasure of Asia

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 08.03.2011 | Green
Arthur Rosenfeld

Tigers, rhinos, and bears are some of the most publicized and emblematic victims of smuggling and butchery, but there is another, nearly silent extinction epidemic underway in Asia.

Have You Admired a Tortoise Lately?

Terry Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Terry Gardner

Tony Perry's excellent article in the Los Angeles Times on the Galapagos tortoise digs at the San Diego Zoo, "...