What happens when you interrupt mating tortoises? Slowest chase ever ensues

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Don’t ever interrupt a mating giant tortoise unless you are ready to run.

Well, you probably won’t have to run, but you will definitely have to walk…very slowly.

National Geographic expedition leader Paul Rose encountered this first hand while he was exploring Assumption Island.

“I assumed that he would get close and then back off once he realized that he was up against two wonderful specimens at the top of the food chain. But there was absolutely no stopping him—he got close, very close, close enough that his snorting and spitting plus the look in his enraged eyes above his snapping powerful beak made us retreat in a panic,” Rose wrote on his National Geographic blog.

Fortunately, Rose was able to get away.

Read more about his experience here.