‘World’s luckiest tortoise’ avoids getting trampled by elephant herd; video

‘World’s luckiest tortoise’ avoids getting trampled by elephant herd; video

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‘World’s luckiest tortoise’ avoids getting trampled by elephant herd; video

Elephant herd miraculously avoids tortoise at watering hole in Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Photo is a screen grab.

Viewers from around the world watching the live-streaming video from South Africa thought the inevitable was about to happen, that a tortoise caught in the wrong place at the wrong time would get trampled by a passing elephant herd.

The WildEarth’s webcam was aimed at a watering hole near the Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve when what seemed like a cringe-worthy moment was about to unfold.

It certainly didn’t look like it would end well for the tortoise, but in a fortunate twist of fate, the reptile wound up earning the nickname “world’s luckiest tortoise” by Kruger Sightings, and you can see why:

“Interestingly enough, the elephants seemed to be aware of the tortoise’s presence and were very careful to step over the tortoise or only bump him gently with their giant feet,” Kruger Sightings wrote.

“Everyone watching was just waiting for the unfortunate moment that one elephant didn’t see this unusual ‘rock’ and steps right onto it. But it miraculously didn’t happen!”

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Luckily for the tortoise, elephants are one of the world’s most intelligent animals and are believed to be altruistic, as they care about the welfare of others, even to the point of aiding other species.

In this case, it sure appeared the elephants were taking care not to step on the tortoise as it hid in its shell. Once the coast was clear, it skedaddled into the safety of the bush.

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