Everybody Can Use A Helping Hand Shell

Torty #1 gets stuck on…a rock. Happens all the time in Torty World, I guess. But Torty #2 comes to the rescue to help his pal out! Of course, the hoomin goes “Somebody needs to help him,”..while she keeps recording. Could she have helped instead? Maybe the Tortys were in an enclosure or something. Discuss.



  1. That’s a true friend, helping one in trouble. I didn’t know that turtles/tortoises did that. I’ve seen other photos of animals trying to help another. There’s so much more to animal behavior than I think we will ever know.

  2. I hope torty #2 didn’t get stuck on the rock next! I also hope they were in an enclosure so video-person actually couldn’t help. Cause if she could, that’s just wacky not to. I will assume she couldn’t help, cause that’s better 🙂

  3. @hilz: I thought the same thing – torty#2 comes to the rescue, gets stuck; torty#1 comes to the rescue, gets stuck…this could go on for hours…until the keeper comes and removes stone. With the wire fence in the background, it does look like they’re in some kind of an enclosure..perhaps a turtle/tortoise rescue facility.

    Thanks for starting my day with an act of kindness. Great inspiration for all of us to do the same.

  4. Hilz, I was thinking the same thing. Perhaps that is one rock which needs to be removed.

  5. Blue Footed Booby says:

    Or until the keeper installs little forklift tines on their shells.

  6. After helping his friend five times in three days, that second guy is going to just tape off that rock.

  7. Random act of kindness in the animal world – just gorgeous!

  8. fleurdamour says:

    It was very altortoisetic for the second turtle to help. If he had gotten stuck on the rock, too, he would have been a martyrtle.

  9. Shaz aka Sharon says:

    It looks like the second guy is bigger, with longer legs. I don’t think he can get stuck. I wish I had a yard big enough to keep a couple of tortoises. 🙂

  10. Hahahaha @fleurdamour ftw!