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Cowabunga: Turtle Rides Fish In Preparation For Underwater Rodeo

This turtle rode a fish in what is clearly preparation for an underwater rodeo.

The rodeo life is a hard life. You wake up early every morning to feed the horses, you make sure their coats are all shiny and their shoes as well shod (or something--nobody in TheThings head office has ever lived on a farm, let alone competed in a rodeo). Then you have to train, day after day, on the back of a bucking, turning horse or bull trying to do everything to get you loose.

At least underwater you don’t have to worry about a hard fall.

This snapping turtle has that same dream. Maybe his (or her--there are no turtle experts at TheThings either) father was also in the rodeo. Maybe he (or her) comes from a long line of rodeo turtles, a tradition handed down for generations. Or maybe he just saw a human riding a bull one day and said to him(or her)self that it would be him(or her) in that ring one day.

We can’t say for sure. What we do know is that this is a juvenile snapping turtle riding on the back of a suckermouth catfish, and it is hilarious.

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Rodeo Turtle Rides Fish

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As funny as the situation is, most of the top comments on Facebook seem convinced that the snapping turtle is actually trying to eat the fish, which is also known as a hypostomus plecostomus, or "pleco" for short. Certainly in the wild a snapping turtle would eat pretty much any fish that it could catch in its jaws, but this juvenile seems a little too small to do any damage to our pleco friend here.

However, that turtle will definitely grow big enough to eat any of the fish in that tank one day, so whoever owns it should really be looking at getting a larger tank with an alternate method of cleaning it. That one suckermouth doesn’t seem to be enough, judging by the amount of poop in there.

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