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15 don't-miss animal photos from June

By: Catie Leary on June 28, 2012, 5:32 p.m.
An adult tortoise and a little of four hatchlings

Photo: Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego via Getty Images

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Tortoise toddlers

An adult African spurred tortoise keeps a careful eye on a litter of four hatchlings on June 14 as they explore a lawn at SeaWorld in San Diego, Calif. The adult, named Buster, is about 20 years old, and the young ones are just under a year old.

African spurred tortoises are often brought home as pets because of their pleasant temperament, but their longevity, size and diet requirements mean the creatures are often relinquished by overwhelmed pet owners.