When Charles Darwin and the crew of the HMS Beagle landed on the shores of the Galapagos Islands in 1835 they found a mysterious landscape filled with new (at least to them) and fascinating creatures.  Chuck D encountered strange insects, birds, iguanas, and many other creatures.  And when he first saw the enormous Galapagos tortoise he thought, “I think I’m gonna try to ride that.”

After considerable explorations in South America, the Beagle reached the Galapagos Islands in September 1835. Darwin was fascinated by such oddities as volcanic rocks and giant tortoises. He later wrote about approaching tortoises, which would retreat into their shells. The young scientist would then climb on top, and attempt to ride the large reptile when it began moving again. He recalled that it was difficult to keep his balance.

(http://history1800s.about.com/od/innovators/a/hmsbeagle.htm)

What would it be like to ride a tortoise?  What other animals would it be interesting to attempt to ride?

Vladamir Putin likes to ride bears because this picture is obviously not altered in any way

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