62 Heartwarming Animal Photos And The Story Behind Them

Animals in History | October 1, 2018

An Australian green tree frog on top of an African spurred tortoise

Source: Reddit

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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Josh Robertson is a freelance writer who lives in the past -- and likes it there. He's a former Playboy and Yahoo! Internet Life editor and current social media whiz/hack. He prefers Martin Denny to Herb Alpert, still reads his Kurtzman-era Mad magazines, thinks margarita mix is an abomination and believes Lazenby was the second-best Bond, deal with it.