Ask any current or former student of the University of Texas and they’d tell you turtles could be an honorary runner-up mascot to the Longhorns.
Okay, maybe that’s just me. Since its creation in the 1930s, the turtle pond just north of the famous UT tower has provided a welcome stop for students and visitors to relax, nap or just reflect on life.
In 2014, the American-Statesman reported the pond serves as a home for red-eared slider and Texas river cooter turtle species. At the time, more than 50 turtles occupied the space, some 30 to 40 years old.
In celebration of World Turtle Day, which brings awareness to turtles, tortoises and their threatened habitats, the university is showing off its shelled friends on a Facebook live stream.
And if seeing those turtles swim and sunbathe makes you want to get more involved, the nonprofit group Turtle Survival Alliance is hosting an event tonight at County Line on the Lake benefiting turtle conservation efforts.
Watch the cuteness below: