Watch: Rescued Tortoise and Pet Dog Become the 'Best of Friends'

Larry the tortoise was rescued from bullying by other tortoises and brought to the home of Cricket the Golden Retriever.

When Christine Hill took her children to an educational animal center in Santa Barbara, California, she never thought she’d be going home with a fully grown tortoise.

But Larry the African spurred tortoise was the runt in a group of four, and he was getting savagely attacked by the other males in his enclosure as they vied for the affections of a female.

When Hill and her children saw Larry getting pushed around they complained to his keepers, who said they wanted to let nature sort it out. Hill eventually convinced the center to allow her to take Larry home to stop the bullying.

Hill describes herself as a passionate animal lover, and her home in Palos Verdes is

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