I realize half the world has probably seen this, given that it’s been making the rounds on the Internet last week, but it amused me to no end:

Don’t mess with Leonardo. Or is it Leonardo? Or Raphael? Or Donatello? No doubt this little guy is protecting Master Splinter from the evil cat.


  1. #1 Martin
    August 3, 2008

    “Don’t mess with Leonardo. Or is it Leonardo?”

    Or even Michaelangelo! 😛

  2. #2 Orac
    August 3, 2008

    Brain fart.

  3. #3 Melissa G
    August 3, 2008

    I vote Raphael. He was the *angry* one.

  4. #4 Shay
    August 3, 2008

    I couldn’t help it…the clip made me think of this.


  5. #5 DLC
    August 3, 2008

    Shell Shock!

  6. #6 David Canzi
    August 3, 2008

    The turtle’s behaviour reminds me of the effect Toxoplasma Gondii has on rats and mice. An infected rodent sometimes walks right up to a cat, practically volunteering to get eaten. I wonder if the turtle could have T. Gondii or something similar.

  7. #7 sophia8
    August 3, 2008

    No, T Gondii doesn’t infect reptiles. I think the tortoise is looking for a mate and is mighty confused. The species doesn’t have good long-range sight, and female tortoises are larger than male torts, so he’s seeing this big, inviting hump lying on the ground and making his advances….

  8. #8 Missy Miss
    August 3, 2008

    My pet tortoise rather abruptly became a little hellion. He would lunge at my husband’s hands to bite him, and terrorized our kitten. Eventually we discovered that he had reached tortoise puberty, and was unhappy with the range of available partners (i.e. none). We sent him back to the tortoise farm, where hopefully he has assisted in the breeding of lots more bitey little tortoises.

    This video brings back fond memories.

  9. #9 Jon H
    August 3, 2008

    I thought perhaps the turtle was attracted by the light color. He seemed especially fond of the tail.

  10. #10 notmercury
    August 3, 2008

    The turtle was attracted to an image of Gamera in the cat’s fur.

  11. #11 ChrisC
    August 3, 2008

    He’s a hero in a half-shell. Turtle (or tortoise) power!

  12. #12 King of Ferrets
    August 3, 2008

    Maybe he thinks its one of those fluffy pillows; long haired cats are lazy enough to be mistaken for one.

  13. #13 medrecgal
    August 3, 2008

    Too funny, Orac! As a long-time cat lover, this was really cute! TMNT was a flashback to childhood…perhaps we’re from the same generation.

  14. #14 sailor
    August 4, 2008

    That is no ordinary tortoise, that is a land turtle on steroids.

  15. #15 DrNO
    August 6, 2008

    It is a secret military assault mechanical turtle based on “alien” technologies. Rumors have placed such devices at area 51 or… I go with the above horny turtle theory. Either one makes me smile.

  16. #16 Daniel D. Brown
    August 9, 2008

    I believe we have a future nominee for the animal Darwin Award, no?

    Poor little guy has his wires crossed. Or perhaps he’s just having fun. I mean seriously, what would you do if you could just pull yourself into an impenetrable portable fortress?

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