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Tortoise shells are a hot commodity on the black market, selling for tens of thousands of dollars. Now, conservationists are taking a risky step to save endangered tortoises, purposely defacing the shells with carvings and engravings in an effort to save tortoises from poachers, ABC News reports. Credit: Getty Creative "Endangered tortoises and turtles are facing a real threat, and we're hoping that this will be an effective tool to keep them safe," said Eric Goode, the founder and president of the Turtle Conservancy. Laser inscribing, tattoos and engravings are all being used as marks on the tortoises. Having been hunted to near extinction, they remain a target for poachers and...

Dogs may be good at fetch, but tortoises are the masters of hide-and-seek. According to Io9, a red-footed tortoise who was believed to have escaped her home 30 years ago was found alive and well in the family's storeroom. Manuela the tortoise made her supposed disappearing act from the Almedia family in Rio De Janiero back in 1982. The family was renovating their home, and admittedly were not keeping an eye on the animal's whereabouts. When they couldn't find Manuela later, they assumed she slipped out a door left open by workers. In...

A retired tortoise breeder is seeking to return a 98-year-old tortoise, Blake, to his native home, the beaches of Gallipoli in Turkey. According to the Telegraph, back in 1916, a British serviceman now only remembered as Mr. Marris took the tortoise from the beach in Turkey "as shells rained overhead" in the Gallipoli Campaign, which is regarded as one of the greatest disasters for the Allies in World War I. RELATED: Save the Western Pond Turtle Before It's Too Late (Video) Gallipoli is located near the Dardanelles, a narrow strait in northern Turkey. The British and French, with volunteer soldiers from Australia and New Zealand as well as British India, undertook the campaign to...

Kitten Naps on Tortoise

This sleepy kitten is perfectly adorable all on her own, but when you add a snoozing tortoise to the nap-time mix, the scenario becomes exponentially cuter. We don't make these adorable animal video rules; we just abide by them like everyone else on the Internet. Behold the cuteness in full effect below. CLICK TO SEE MORE UNIQUE ANIMAL FRIENDSHIPS:...

Unlike Lonesome George, who died June 24, Diego symbolizes not a dying breed but one resurrected. Having sired hundreds of offspring, Diego has been central to bringing the Espanola Island type of tortoise back from near extinction, rangers at Galapagos National Park say. Diego was plucked from Espanola by expeditioners sometime between 1900 and 1930 and wound up in the San Diego Zoo in California, said the head of the park's conservation program, Washington Tapia. When the U.S. zoo returned him to the Galapagos in 1975, the only other known living members of his species were two males and 12 females. RELATED: 100-Year-Old Giant Tortoise, Last of His Subspecies, Dies...