Harebrain and the tortoise! Girl ‘saves’ animal that she thought was a turtle by throwing it into the water… but doesn’t realize it can’t swim
- Young woman with name tag ‘Kimberly’ posted Snapchat video of herself throwing tortoise into a pond at the side of the road
- Internet commenters later pointed out that the animal was a gopher tortoise
- Gopher tortoises protected on state and federal levels and can’t swim
- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued warning to residents earlier this year against throwing tortoises into the water
Many people may gloss over the difference between turtles and tortoises, though in some instances the distinction could mean life or death.
Internet commenters pointed out the difference after one young woman posted a video of herself on Snapchat throwing a ‘turtle’ into a pond while attempting to ‘save’ it.
However, the animal appears to actually be a gopher turtle, which cannot swim and could have died as a result of the videotaped rescue.A young woman with a name tag ‘Kimberly’ posted a Snapchat video in which she is seen throwing a tortoise into the water despite the fact that the animal cannot swimGirl brags about ‘saving’ tortoise by tossing it into pondThe young woman with the name tag ‘Kimberley’ opens the 14-second clip that has been reported by the Palm Beach Post by saying ‘So here’s a little note to self. If anyone runs into a turtle, save it.’
‘Don’t just leave it on the road. They’re so cute,’ she continues while holding the animal.
Kimberly, whose name tag says she is from New York, then launches the tortoise into the pond while saying, ‘Turtle-saving is a hobby’.
It is not known how deep the water is, though the tortoise lands with a ‘kerplunk’ that suggests a fair amount of depth.
The reptile has been identified by Internet users as a gopher tortoise, which is listed as a federally threatened animal in parts of coastal Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi.
The depth of the water in the roadside pond is unknown, though the tortoise lands in the water with a kerplunk
Gopher tortoises also can live in southern Georgia and Florida, where they are protected under state law.
Florida has seen a number of incidents of the tortoises mistakenly being thrown into the water, with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission putting out a warning through My News 13.
The tortoise-throwing video is also not the first time that young women using Snapchat have recently come under fire for their behavior toward members of the Testudines family.
Stephanie Moore, 20, now faces up to five years in prison after posting a video of herself riding a sea turtle on a beach in Melbourne Florida.