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13 Sep

Meet the Fastest Tortoise in the World

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(Guest post by Caitlin Jill Anders from

The 2016 Guinness Book of World Records winners were just announced, and there are definitely some shockers. There's a dog who can catch multiple soccer balls in under a minute, a cow with exceptionally long horns — and the fastest tortoise in the whole world.


That's right: There's a tortoise who ISN'T slow — well, at least, not slow for a tortoise. Bertie, the Guinness Book of World Records winner, was called the Usain Bolt of tortoises by CNN. Bertie lives in England with his owner, and can go 0.6 miles per hour. For a tortoise, that's REALLY fast.

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14 Aug

Little Raccoon Gets Rescued From Very Embarrassing Situation

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(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from

Poor Walter just wanted to get out of his sewer — but ended up in quite a predicament.

Volunteers with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at the Wisconsin Humane Society received several calls on Wednesday morning alerting them to a trapped raccoon. When they rushed to the scene, they found the frightened animal in a very sad state.

Little Walter, as he was later named, had tried to climb out of the sewer through a grate in the pavement. While raccoons usually travel in and out through curb gutters, this entrance was covered with a square grate — and poor Walter had his head stuck. 

Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at Wisconsin Humane Society 

"Every year we get at least two or three raccoons with their heads stuck like this; it's this particular style of grate that does it," Scott Diehl, director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, told The Dodo. He added that the pointed shape of a raccoon's head makes it easy for the curious creatures to get stuck in things: "It's like an arrow that is not very easy to pull out once it goes past a certain point."

Walter had likely been hanging there all night, but fortunately some kind passerby had found an A-frame road sign and placed it next to Walter to keep him safe. And while the little fellow's head was stuck above the ground, a lucky ledge by his feet kept him from hanging.

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12 Aug

Genius Tortoise Blows His Family Away with New Talent

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(Guest post by Anna Swartz from

You know when your tortoise is in the yard and you have to keep getting up to let him back in the house? Well that's not a problem for this guy's family — Jeffrey the tortoise figured out how to open the back door all by himself.

"Hey guys, I'm done out here so I'm coming back in." 

"Don't worry humans I don't need your help because I am a FREAKING INCREDIBLY TALENTED TORTOISE."

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25 Jul

Tiny Rhino is the 'Miracle Baby' His Mom was Never Supposed to Have

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(Guest post by Sarah V Schweig from

No one thought Titilei would ever be able to have a child.

The victim of a rare condition that wreaked havoc on her reproductive tract, the white rhino had already suffered a miscarriage. Five years ago, she pretty much had no hope of carrying out a pregnancy.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

One rhino's inability to become a mother might not seem like a big deal, but because rhino populations are plummeting, every baby helps. If Titilei could breed, her rhino calf could help usher in a next generation of rhinos to help grow the ailing and dwindling rhino populations of Africa. In some places, rhino poaching has gone up 9,000 percent, and there are only about 20,000 white rhinos left in the world.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy was determined to help Titilei. A team of its veterinarians conducted experimental surgery to help remedy Titilei's rare condition. "The whole operation was riddled with uncertainty," Lewa told The Dodo. "No one was sure what the outcome would be."

After the treatment, rangers kept close watch on Titilei, who appeared normal and healthy, but still didn't have a child. "This condition is extremely rare in white rhinos (and other mega herbivores), and the outcome of the treatment was uncertain as it is equally rarely successful," Dr. Matthew Mutinda, Lewa's vet, said.

Then, in 2013, things began to change for Titilei: Rangers spotted signs of pregnancy. "Everyone at Lewa was worried but hoped for the best," Wanjiku Kinuthia, a communications officer at Lewa, said.

Finally, in 2014, a miracle happened.

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

On October 2, Titilei gave birth to a healthy baby boy. "To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that a successful case has been reported in Kenya," Dr. Mutinda said. "She has healed completely and delivered a healthy calf."

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15 Jul

Woman Finds Angry Visitor in Closet Who's Hiding Something Insanely Cute

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(Guest post by Ameena Schelling from

A woman who found an opossum living in her closet had an adorable surprise when she realized the unusual visitor wasn't alone.

Tara McVicar received an unpleasant welcome when she first stumbled on the furry marsupial, who was cuddled up in a plastic bag. However, once she realized why the little critter was so defensive, the adventure quickly turned into a heartwarming rescue — which McVicar fortunately recorded, along with the adorable ongoing conversation between the two.

"Bag possum! You can't live in my closet, buddy!"

YouTube/Tara McVicar

"That is a very terrifying sound! It is! It's a terrifying sound. But — you're relatively cute."

YouTube/Tara McVicar

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26 Feb

Two Llamas Lead Arizona Authorities on Epic Chase

Apparently, earlier today two llamas were on the run in the Phoenix suburb of Sun City, Ariz., multiple media outlets have reported.

The hilarity of the news led to a livestream of the "llamas on the lam" (thanks Digg!) and a flurry of posts across social media capturing the excitement. It was unclear where the llamas came from. Eventually, both llamas were caught, but not before becoming Internet stars.

Watch as the Turtleman attempts to bring in another runaway llama:

19 Aug

Download the Call of the Wildman Game, BACKWOODS RESCUE!

Now you can join in the LIVE ACTION with Turtleman and Neal!  In the new game BACKWOODS RESCUE, you can find and rescue critters with Turtleman! Take care of your critters, then release them back into the wild. AND, build and decorate your own wildlife park! Sneak a peek of the game here:


Download the game to your device NOW! Click on the button for your OS:



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6 Jun

YIYIYIYIYI! Turtleman's BACK! ... And Looking for Sasquatch

Team Turtle is BACK! The guys return in all-new episodes starting Sunday when Turtleman and Neal get their first call of the day from none other than Ranae and Bobo, Finding Bigfoot tracker extraordinaires. 


The Sasquatch duo are investigating the Kentucky backwoods and who better to tap for tracking assistance than Turtleman! Where to start? How about a "Backwoods Boot Camp"? Here's a sneak peek of the meeting:

Watch the premiere Sunday at 10:30 p.m. E/P to see how "Backwoods Boot Camp" went down for Bobo and Ranae - and see if they pass Turtleman's final test!

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10 Dec

Call of the Wildman: Turtleman Returns to Visit Jay! Tune In for Tonight Show Live Action!

YIYIYIYIYIYI!  Turtleman makes his FOURTH appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight on NBC at 11:35 PM ET/PT.

Tune in to see him join actress Kirstie Alley on the couch and chat with Jay about his turtle fans, meeting Colin Powell, his first LA Halloween Parade and of course ... TURTLEMAN TAKES MANHATTAN.

Visit the Tonight Show's website for more information about the show >>

TONIGHT SHOW LIVE ACTION!!! Any bets on Turtleman dancin' and a-dippin' a beautiful and talented Ms. Kirstie Alley?!  Don't miss it!



Tune in for an on air special of Turtleman Takes Manhattan to see Ernie and Neal exploring New York City for the holidays, on Sunday, Dec. 22, @ 9PM E/P.

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17 Oct

Deadly Wasp Attacks on the Decline in China



Here's some good news for the people of Ankang, a city in China's Shaanxi province. Deadly wasps, whose stings have taken the lives of 42 people, seem to be on the decline as the number of cases of severe stings has decreased over the last week. The number of cases was as high as 40 per day in September and were now down to about 10 per day in early October. No cases have been reported in the last five days.

According to CNN, the wasp, formally known as Vespa mandarinia, carries a venom that destroys red blood cells. Yet, as with any stinging insect, allergic reaction to the sting is just as dangerous, if not more so, than the venom.

Want to learn more? Read up on wasps then take our wasp quiz!

Watch how Turtleman (Ernie) traps wasps safely and effectively with his homemade bottle trap:

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