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Animals A to Z: The Letter T

Marty’s photo of the day #2631: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order.

T is for Tortoise. Desert tortoises are listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. I photographed this tortoise in the Mojave National Preserve, which is on the California-Arizona border. Now whenever I think about desert tortoises, I’m reminded of right-wing hero, Cliven Bundy, who runs his cattle illegally in desert tortoise habitat. Desert tortoises were there first, and Cliven Bundy and his ilk need to get the hell off their property.

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