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Your morning adorable: Persistent tortoise chases a tomato

February 19, 2010 | 12:08 pm

If there's one thing we admire, it's an animal with determination.

Like Ed here, for example. Ed, an African spurred tortoise, is native to the Sahara desert and the Sahel -- both places he'd be unlikely to ever encounter a tomato.

Despite the fact that it's not a food he'd eat in his natural habitat, Ed is perhaps the world's biggest fan of tomatoes. He's enough of a fan to chase one for a solid two minutes -- admirable persistence, we think.

Apparently tortoise tomato-chasing isn't all that unusual; another YouTube video shows a Russian tortoise having the very same battle of wills with a rolling cherry tomato. If there were a Tortoise Olympics, we suspect tomato-rolling would be its most popular event.

-- Lindsay Barnett

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