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A student at Clemson experiments with turtles crossing the road. If you’re American, the experiment went just as expected…

College student’s turtle project takes dark twist

Clemson University student Nathan Weaver set out to determine how to help turtles cross the road. He ended up getting a glimpse into the dark souls of some humans.

Weaver put a realistic rubber turtle in the middle of a lane on a busy road near campus. Then he got out of the way and watched over the next hour as seven drivers swerved and deliberately ran over the animal. Several more apparently tried to hit it but missed.

“I’ve heard of people and from friends who knew people that ran over turtles. But to see it out here like this was a bit shocking,” said Weaver, a 22-year-old senior in Clemson’s School of Agricultural, Forest and Environmental Sciences.

To seasoned researchers, the practice wasn’t surprising.

The number of box turtles is in slow decline, and one big reason is that many wind up as roadkill while crossing the asphalt, a slow-and-steady trip that can take several minutes.

Sometimes humans feel a need to prove they are the dominant species on this planet by taking a two-ton metal vehicle and squishing a defenseless creature under the tires, said Hal Herzog, a Western Carolina University psychology professor.

“They aren’t thinking, really. It is not something people think about. It just seems fun at the time,” Herzog said. “It is the dark side of human nature.”

Via AP

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    Fuck humans!
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    Its illegal in the UK to swerve in order to miss hitting an animal! In case you cause an accident.
  19. tacticaltitties reblogged this from kelllyblack and added:
    I swerved to miss a turtle the other day and the mother fucker that was behind me went out of his way to run it over. I...
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    Animals>humans
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    fuck humans
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    I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to purposely hit an animal.
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    Oh my gosh, why would you do that?
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    Jesus H Christ, what did the fucking cute-ass turtles ever do to these shitty people? Can I blame video games? I’m going...