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Tortoise tries playing with a dog

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Sheldon, an eight year-old sulfate tortoise, and Dolly, a three year-old American Pit Bull Terrier, were both rescued from HSNT and are now best friends! Their owner says they love to play chase like in this video and that Dolly even tries to get Sheldon to play with her favorite ball, though so far he’s had no interest. Look how speedy Sheldon is! These two are great examples of just how amazing rescued animals are and how friendship doesn’t see species!

From the News desk’s perspective, the tortoise does seem to be playing (hostility seems absent), but we doubt he’ll “get” the idea of whacking a ball around soon.

At one time, it was generally assumed that reptiles were too low intelligence to play, but that has changed.

See also: Matching Darwin’s “Tree of Life,” the “Tree of Intelligence” comes crashing down

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3 Replies to “Tortoise tries playing with a dog

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    polistra says:

    Hmm. It’s not clear that the turtle is playing. It does seem to be approaching the dog for unknown purposes.

    The dog is definitely NOT playing. He knows that Master wants him to engage with the turtle, but he doesn’t want anything to do with the strange creature. Note that he asks Master a couple times for clarification. “Is this really what you want? Can’t you see this is ridiculous?”

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    News says:

    One suspects that this is how tortoises would play with each other. In the spirit of free enterprise, one can buy a tortoise playpen.

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    Axel says:

    Nonsense, polistra. That is exactly how dogs play. He’s just pleased his master approves and is enjoying the fun!

    Also, tortoises can be extraordinarily playful, though I doubt if I’d be able to find the video clip for that again. It moved a lot faster than this tortoise though.

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