62 Heartwarming Animal Photos And The Story Behind Them
An Australian green tree frog on top of an African spurred tortoise
Do frogs ride tortoises? No, or at least not habitually. There is the issue of speed -- while a tortoise might offer a good surface for the rider, you can't be in a hurry. You'd get wherever you're going much faster if you just hopped. And speaking of the concept of "getting wherever you're going" -- there's no way for a frog to steer a tortoise. This photo, while cute, just makes no sense. When it started showing up on photo-of-the-day/weird-news sites, some journalists called BS, and they were completely right. The frog here is an an Australian green tree frog, and he's riding a sulcata tortoise, which is native to Africa. The photo was taken in Indonesia -- when the photographer was tracked down, he admitted he buys his subjects at a local pet shop, stacks or otherwise poses them for photos, then sells the photos to wire services. Yes, the photo is cute, but it's a completely manufactured scene -- don't believe everything you see (or read) on the internet, folks.
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