This is a turtle, not a slice of melted American cheese

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I know. Weird headline, but best headline, given the story.

Weather.com has the skinny. Residents of Burdwan, a village in West Bengal, India, found an unusually colored flapshell turtle that highly resembles a slice of delicious, shiny, melted American cheese. Please feast your eyes on this natural marvel:

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I mean, just look at that thing. It’s a little creature you might find in the river while playing Animal Crossing or something. Those little round eyes, and cartoonish cheese-like color, look at it! I want it to be my Patronus, like in Harry Potter. I could summon it during moments of extreme duress (maybe in a long line at the grocery store) and it will shield me with its awe inspiring... color?

That strange color is attributed to the lack of a pigment called tyrosine. Tyrosine is present in high quantities in animals like crocodiles and has an effect on their color. Apparently without it, nature gives us cheese turtles.

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This is actually the second yellow turtle that was discovered. The other one was in Balasore, Odisha, earlier this year, if you can believe it. This one was a baby!

I Googled “Animals that look like food” and found a lot of wonderful gems, like this post from Good Housekeeping. I mean, there are chihuahuas that look like blueberry muffins, parrots that may or may not be a serving of guacamole, and my personal favorite, kittens who might actually be ice cream.

Step aside, bright blue lobsters. Cheese Turtle is here to steal our attention for at least a few minutes on a Monday morning.

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Staff writer at The Takeout. Also: Saveur Humor Blog Award Winner, professional pizza maker, and insufferable troublemaker.

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raniqueenphoenix
Rani doesn't need Vijay

Not to be nitpicky, but Odisha is not West Bengal. It’s a different state.