At the University of Maryland, during Finals Week, students traditionally bring offerings to the Testudo statue in front of McKeldin library in hopes that their sacrifice to the bronze statue of Maryland's mascot, a diamondback terrapin, will bring them good fortune on their final exams for the semester. You'll typically find Testudo adorned with all kinds of items; booze, cigarettes, food, lucky charms - just about anything you can imagine. What you probably can't imagine is Testudo on fire, but that apparently happened last night.
wtf pic.twitter.com/UZq6IsvAtq— UMD Confessions (@UMDConfessions) December 18, 2013
Wow really… I know finals are hard but burning testudo is a little extreme ✋ pic.twitter.com/rCeDpwLVK5— Ren Okojie (@CallMeRen_O) December 18, 2013
Seriously...I have no words.I hope the person(s) responsible know they're failing every final ever. Fortunately, it appears Testudo has already been cleaned up.
#Testudo cleanup: pic.twitter.com/yVfakMXt9K— Daniel Gallen (@danieljtgallen) December 18, 2013
And he wasn't damaged.
I am happy to report that there was no damage to Testudo in front of McKeldin. Testudo is ready to continue supporting our #UMD community!— Wallace D. Loh (@presidentloh) December 18, 2013
Someone gave him a band aid and it appears he's as good as new.
.@testudotimes @TestudoDave Someone gave him a band aid and left neosporin it's all good now. pic.twitter.com/i0VCcwaI3r— Patrick Ronk (@PRonkkkk) December 18, 2013
Anyone been by to see Testudo today? How'd he looking?
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