Somebody To Lean On

This poor guy couldn’t reach his shell phone to call for help…then a pal came by to lend a helping hand nose.

Submitted by Julie S., in honor of World Turtle Day today.



  1. anita772 says:

    That’s probably a maneuver they learn in school, like turtle first aid!

  2. mrgrnforever says:

    Reblogged this on FF71 and commented:
    Just one of those hippy moments.
    Love this song.

  3. At 1:17 we see the very definition of “ehn!” Love the teamwork, little tortoises!

  4. 4leafclover says:


    P.S. Heroes in a half shell. Turtle power.

  5. Rachael says:

    I’ve always found that song very touching. Yay for turtle power and turtle BFFs.

  6. SlaveToCat says:

    My friends & cats would have just pointed and laughed uncontrollably at me for about 15 minutes before flipping me over. sighhhhh.

  7. The music was heartwarming and hysterical 🙂

  8. rescue gal says:

    I am in awe of whomever had the patiences to film this. I would have just flipped the little guy over.

  9. My parents have two dogs, one a Golden Retriever named Sadie. Dad was taking both dogs for a walk the other day and came back, unclipped them and they ran upstairs. He walked up behind them a few minutes later and found a turtle (hiding in its shell) sitting smack in the middle of the rug. It was about four inches long and covered in dog slobber, and completely intact and unharmed. He called Mom about it, and she remembered: when she went to take the dogs for their morning walk, there was a turtle by the front door and she had to pull Sadie away from it. Dad reckoned Sadie took the chance to grab the little guy during the afternoon walk and carried him around in her mouth (retrievers have very soft mouths so they don’t hurt the things they retrieve) and then took him upstairs.

    Actually, this is the second time one of the dogs has tried to bring home a pet of their own. A few years ago the other one, Kinsey (part lab, part husky) brought in a live chipmunk. Dad pried her jaws open and it went streaking out, soaking wet, and vanished into the woods. No doubt it came home to its chipmunk family with some wild story about escaping from the jaws of death, and nobody believed it.

    Anyway, Dad took the turtle outside to the edge of the beach (it’s a house on an island) and it went plop into the lake and on its merry way.

  10. Crystal says:

    “and nobody believed it.”
    HA! I love how you just slip that in there like it’s an every day thing 🙂 What a great imagination!
    Cute story 🙂 Glad Mr. Turtle turned out ok.

  11. How is this not ResQTE>

  12. That song always takes me back to a time of flowered shirt and bell bottom jeans, I can almost smell the patchouli and the incense and the video of one turtle helping another fits with the hippie song 😆

  13. Mamabear says:

    Awww, what a sweet story. Thanks for sharing!

  14. lisaLASSIE says:

    Thank you Julie s.

  15. X53SoCrates says:

    TMNT reference for the win!

  16. It totally is! I DEMAND A RESQTE TAG.

  17. 1:30. The secret of life, the universe, and everything.

  18. Well if his friend was the one who knocked him over in the first place….

  19. Michael says:

    First, how did the turtle get turned over to begin with? I didn’t see anything it could have tried to climb and accidentally gotten tipped over. I hope the videographer didn’t turn it over on purpose; that’d be mean.

    But however it happened, even if it was staged, this defies my understanding of animal behavior. Empathy — imagining ourselves in someone else’s situation and figuring out what we’d want or need — is supposed to be specific to humans and maybe a few other high-intelligence animals (apes, dolphins, elephants). But this turtle apparently recognized another turtle was in distress and helped it. How can that be an instinctive behavior? It looks like logic.

  20. Ok, show of hands, please: At the end when the flipped turtle said “Nice grass”, who was expecting the second turtle, whose nose was in his buddy’s rear, to respond “Nice ass” ?? Be honest! Didn’t that cross your mind??

  21. Kristina says:

    I was!

  22. musicfoodbeerbikes says:

    Wow, It all happened so fast!

  23. Please note that if you ever see a turtle or tortoise upside down, you MUST flip him over. It is difficult for them to breathe on their backside, and it can potentially be fatal if they can’t flip over.

  24. Rachael says:

    I love that story!! There is no shortage of fun with two doglets in the house. 🙂

  25. So, does anyone know if this is typical turtle behavior? Are they known to give each other a push when one ‘turns turtle’?

  26. Actually, Meaghan, they may well have believed him. My family used to go camping when I was a kid. So one day the chipmunks hanging around our campsite happened to catch our notice, and we wondered whether it would be possible to catch one with the old ‘treat under a box propped up with a stick on a string’ trick. The answer: yes! After he scrabbled around under the box for a minute, we let him go. He took off, we heard CHATTER CHATTER CHATTER . . . and not another chipmunk came into our campsite the rest of the time we were there. (This was roughly 40 years ago, and it still comes up now and then as one of our favorite ‘family stories.’)

  27. Absolutely!

  28. There are many things in this world we do not understand. Especially involving our animal brethren. That’s what makes it an awe-inspiring world, that we should be taking care of.

  29. Hayle yes! I was waiting for it!

  30. The blinding speed with which Rescue Tortoise came to the aid of his buddy made this video slightly suspenseful! Oh, poor tortoise, will other tortoise be able to flip him over again? I was on the edge of my seat!

  31. Mary… I was thinking that, but I was also thinking that the smaller tortoise might have come to the rescue of a lady-tortoisess in the hope of being rewarded with some… y’know, once she was right-side-up

    But maybe I am entirely too cynical about tortoise nature.

  32. ALL animals are highly sentient. They empathise not only with each other, but with other creatures including completely different species. Nature is cruel in terms of eating each other to survive, but that doesn’t change the basic instinct of every living thing to preserve life if and where possible.

  33. I agree completely with all three of you 🙂

  34. Aww, this is so sweet 😀