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SHELL OF ITSELF

Some jerk in Florida spray-painted this endangered tortoise red

Someone's going to be seeing red — once he or she is caught.

A group of people rescued a gopher tortoise that was found spray-painted red and had flecks of concrete on its limbs and shell, according to the Sun Sentinel.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the tortoise was taken to an animal rehab facility. It was found near Montverde, Fla., west of Orlando.

Gopher tortoises are a protected species in Florida and are listed as threatened, according to the FWC.

"It is both illegal and very harmful to the health of a gopher tortoise to apply man-made substances, such as paint or concrete, to any part of their body or shell," the FWC wrote.

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An elephant died and four more are being treated for injuries after a circus truck accident on a major Spanish highway that provoked an outcry among animal rights defenders.

The truck overturned on Monday on the highway linking Albacete with Murcia, in the south of the country, after overtaking another long vehicle, said Albacete's Civil Guard spokesman Jose Amado.

He said the initial investigation has found that the movement of the five female elephants inside the truck could have destabilized it when the driver maneuvered to switch lanes.

The driver wasn't injured, the spokesman said, but one of the elephants died on the spot.

The four surviving elephants are being treated by veterinarians in a public facility before being moved to a clinic in coming days, Amado said. Three of them have minor cuts and one has more serious injuries to her legs.

— Associated Press

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