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International Turtle Day 2021: Memes, Pics And Appreciation

Yes, even though turtles are one of the slowest animals ever, they are also the coolest animal ever that finds its way right into our souls. They live basically forever, they have the coolest spine, they're brave against other animals, they have actually won many races against rabbits - not because they're faster but because rabbits have no attention span. 


We love turtles, turtles are so cool, and today, on this year's international turtle day, we are gonna celebrate turtles in the best way that we know how - through some hilarious turtle memes, cool and adorable turtle pics, and just some general turtle appreciation over how cool they are. 

pics and memes and posts about turtles for international turtle day | thumbnail includes two memes including a turtle hibernating under ice 'An alligator snapping turtle hibernating under a sheet of ice u/Boeruhhh' and a picture of soldiers running into battle 'Ballistic vest - Turtles 0.3 seconds affter birth 315'
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Nature can be a pretty harsh place. You have to fight for your territory, stand up to predators, even if they are ten times your size. And you have to be fearless. And this turtle definitely was. It's not something you see every day - a teeny weeny turtle standing up to two enormous lions. You'd worry that, oh no, this will end in catastrophe, but amazingly, not only does nothing bad happen to the turtle, it managed to chase the lions away from its waterhole.

Maybe it's because lions are just large kittens in disguise, and they're nicer than they seem. Maybe it's because they know how resilient turtles are and that turtles can easily outlive them in the wild. Or maybe, it's because cats of all sizes know, through the experience of their own species, that one of the fiercest wild cats in the world is a tiny kitten, so tiny doesn't mean not ferocious. 

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Turt-ally Shell-arious Turtle Memes

Let's talk about turtles for a moment. Turtles are one of the oldest living animals on Earth, these beauties date all the way back to the time of the dinosaurs over 200 million years ago! Turtles also have an incredibly long lifespan, according to National Geographic, the oldest turtle ever recorded was named Tu"i Malila and that turtle passed away at the very impressive age of 188! 

Dear turtles, what is your secret for living so long? Sincerely, everyone in the world. It's no secret that turtles are amazing creatures. And it's important to know that these beautiful animals, regardless of how long they CAN live, are also on the endangered list. There are approximately 129 of 300 species of turtle and tortoise on Earth currently. Of those numbers, they are either vulnerable, endangered, or even critically endangered. Why? Loss of habitat, poaching, and illegal pet trade. And while these are the main reasons listed by the IUCN, we're sure all that plastic waste in our oceans isn't helping them out either. 

Let's take care of these incredible old reptiles. And let's begin by celebrating their awesomeness with a meme's list purely dedicated to them! 

thumbnail of smiling turtle "me seeing my fav person for the 1st time" "me seeing my fav person for the 6385th time"
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Baby Snapping Turtles Look Like Tiny Dinosaurs In Disguise

Turtles and tortoises are some of the coolest animals on the planet in our opinion. They live for so long, they're so resilient despite being so slow, they're chill and - don't forget - they're so adorable. They look like they're little prehistoric dinosaurs left on the earth from some time in the past, strolling around, watching the world evolve all around them. 

All turtles have that feeling to them, but baby snapping turtles really encapsulate that dinosaur image. On top of that, they might be some of the most adorable turtles we've ever seen. And considering how cute we think all turtles are, that's a real achievement lol.

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Retired Mom Helps Rescue Over 1000 Turtles (Viral Tweets)

If you've ever wondered what you should be doing when you retire, this mom has totally figured it out. She spends her winters volunteering at a sea turtle rescue center in south Texas, and a few days ago, she has helped them rescue over 1000 turtles (and counting!). They even rescued a turtle over 100 years old!

We're so amazed by her work and so happy that her daughter decided to share these amazing achievements with everyone on twitter. These tweets went viral, as they should have, and hopefully, they inspired others to do some good too! We wish them many, many more successful rescues. And for all the lovely turtles that they rescued, we hope they have an amazing new life!

viral tweets about mom helping to rescue over 1000 turtles thumbnail includes a picture of a car full of turtles and one tweet 'Car - Lara ... @lara_hand My mom is retired, & she spends her winters volunteering at a sea turtle rescue center in south Texas. The cold snap is stunning the local turtles & they're doing a lot of rescues. She sent me this photo today of the back of her Subaru. It's *literally* turtles all the way down. 1:39 AM - Feb 16, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone 12.4K Retweets 1,661 '
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Little-Known White Leopard Tortoises Appreciation

Tortoises are cool. That's an inarguable fact. Tiny tortoises, big tortoises, all tortoises are cool as heck. They can live up to 150 years old, and there's even one who has lived up to 255 years. And tortoises basically carry a shield on their backs all day long and are therefore basically invincible. If that's not cool, we don't know what is. 

But have you ever seen a white leopard tortoise? Now, in the hierarchy of tortoise coolness, they possibly take the first spot. Only possibly though, because, as stated previously, all tortoises are the coolest tortoises.


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Teeny-Tiny Turtley Cute Turtles (Pictures)

Teeny tiny turtle treat to make your heart skip a beat. 

So small and but so strong, these tiny turtles are guaranteed to put a tremendous smile on your face. And we know that a smile is something that you all need right now. Some positivity to push you through not only to the end of the week but to the end of this long and tiring year.

Really, what more do you need after a year like this besides pictures of something that is purely positive and wholesome and adorable? Something to distract you from all the difficulties of this period and unwind? @TortoisesDaily on twitter has you covered, bringing you turtle goodness every single day.

So, enjoy this tiny collection of tiny turtles, and remember, don't rush, next year can only be better. Slow and steady wins the race. 

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Rare Yellow Turtle That Looks Like Melted Cheese Spikes Twitter Interest

Turtles are adorable. And they come in many different colors and sizes, anywhere from the enormous leatherback sea turtle to the smallest turtle in the world that is only 3 inches long. They are also stunning, coming in many, many different colors. One of the rarest (and funniest-looking) turtles out there is the bright yellow turtle, and it just went viral on twitter

This turtle has only ever been spotted twice, the second time just a few days ago, and the internet is having a world of fun with it. As reported by cnet, according to a wildlife biologist, "the rare yellow color of the turtle may be due to the lack of a pigment called tyrosine present in high amounts in reptiles. A genetic mutation or possible congenital disorder is likely responsible for the lack of tyrosine." 

Regardless of the reason though, we're glad that the little guy was rescued, and the internet sure is having fun with this yellow turtle, comparing it to cheese, to egg yolks, to moon pie cookies, to Mario Cart characters and more. Check out some of the most fun comparisons below! 

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What would you do if a giant snapping turtle showed up in your backyard? Well, this family let it be, watching it through the windows, the kids really excited, naming her "Snippy". After a rough storm in the night, the father came out to check the damage and found what looked like little golf balls on his stairs. Turns out - Snippy left her eggs right there.

The family took care of the eggs, feeling a strong need to protect them and help nature. "It was like a Horton moment, you know?" the father laughs. The kids continued to be excited, and after the eggs hatched, they named every single one of the baby snapping turtles. It's so incredibly adorable - both the kids being so overjoyed and the baby turtles getting to not only live but being let go into the wild by the loving family. 

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Smiling Burmese Roofed Turtle, Saved From Extinction

20 years ago, the Burmese roofed turtle was presumed extinct, but today, we have some good news! This huge Asian river turtle, whose face seems to be set with a permanent smile, has been saved from extinction by a group of scientists. After accidentally coming across a few of these turtles, these scientists, over the years, have managed to grow the population of these turtles to 1000 and counting, with some of the turtles even released back into the wild.

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Pictures Worth More Than 1000 Words (21 Images)

Some pictures are impossible to capture in just a few words, the stories behind them are far too fascinating. Week by week, we bring you a collection of photos just like these. 

When it comes to pictures that are worth more than 1000 words, there is complexity. It's not just that these pictures are beautiful, which they are, but we also see the story behind them - the emotions, the atmosphere, the endless possible situations which might have led to the pictures being taken. They could be funny, heartwarming, or awe-inspiring. They might make you smile, or they might make you think. What's for sure is that there is no way we could sum them up in anything less than 1000 words. 

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Collection Of Silly And Fun Animal Memes (27 Memes)

Comin' at you hot with some funny animal memes! 

The start of the week, so everyone needs a little pick me up. Some giraffes, some fishes, and a whole bunch of dank doggo memes to hopefully make your week a little easier to get through. So, get 'em now, and if you let one breathy laugh out through your nose, then we have been successful! And if laughing is not what you're going for, here are some adorable and wholesome otter memes to get you through the day.

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Woman Becomes 'Wildlife Nanny' After Turtle Lays Eggs And Bails (A Thread)

She didn't choose the wildlife nanny life, it chose her. 

Tumblr user ruby-white-rabbit shared that unexpectedly, an expecting turtle, has laid eggs in her yard. 

She is in no way prepared to be a mother, and knows nothing about reptiles. But it was decided long before that she would be the chosen one to deliver these turtles. 


turtle eggs tumblr funny wildlife nanny animals lol | ruby-white-rabbit There's turtle my yard laying eggs This bitch really gonna dump her kids on and vamoose not ready be single mom know shit about reptiles
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