Testudo, the turtle mascot for the University of Maryland, has his own statue on the College Park campus. During finals, the statue serves as a place of good luck offerings for students hoping to do well on exams.
No one is sure whether those offerings actually do anything to help the outcomes of those finals, but we now know one thing they can do: catch fire.
Sometime past midnight Tuesday, Testudo was ablaze after those offerings caught fire, according to several witnesses who expressed their shock on social media.
Pictures of Testudo ablaze were all over Twitter.
whoever lit testudo on fire has a guaranteed F in all their classes SMH 🐢🔥 pic.twitter.com/rNlws3oskO— sange (@alymeyerr) December 18, 2013
As were images of his brave recovery.
Nothing a Band-Aid and a Rockstar energy beverage can't fix, though some moisturizing lotion was donated to the cause, too. (In case Testudo's skin gets dry during recovery, of course.)
In case the fire damaged Testudo's skin... pic.twitter.com/DgU01tM9JR— John Domen (@JDonWNEW) December 18, 2013
The statue appears to be undamaged by the blaze, though there were some very NSFW losses that will never be recouped: some poor soul lost a perfectly decent sex toy to the blaze. (Like we said: very NSFW.)
Maryland's police department reported the fire was an accident.