By Olivia B. Waxman
March 23, 2015

This National Geographic video captures the moment when explorer and TV presenter Paul Rose and his camera man are “chased” away by a male tortoise that was caught getting ready to mate with a female tortoise. The incident took place on Assumption Island, which is north of Madagascar and part of the the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

This clip has racked up more than 1.6 million views since it was uploaded to YouTube.

It is unclear whether the encounter left the tortoise feeling shell-shocked.

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