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Giant Tortoise Runs Over my Camera (Video)

The animals of the Galapagos are famous for being curious and not afraid of humans.

Ivan and Brenda discovered this while visiting the highlands of Santa Cruz looking for giant tortoises.

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Instead the tortoise found them and headed straight for them to investigate.

Ivan left his camera in the grass and walked away. The tortoise approached, curious to see what was new. After staring at the shiny box for a while and determining that it was not edible (or at least less appetizing than the other options) it moved on.

Its enormous body eclipsed the camera’s view, and it almost crushed the camera with its feet.

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About the author: Lisa Cho Lisa Cho is an expat living in Ecuador, originally from San Francisco, California. She writes about the Galapagos Islands on the Red Mangrove Galapagos Travel Blog and about her mainland Ecuador adventures on

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