After stumbling upon a couple of abused turtles, two Florida men captured hearts by saving both of them from dying (video below).
Michael Oakes climbed down a river bank to rescue what he initially thought was just one struggling turtle while his friend, Peter, filmed, Little Things reports.
When Oakes got closer, he saw there were actually two turtles chained together.
“This is insane,” Peter said to his friend in the video.
As if it couldn’t get any worse, they quickly realized somebody had drilled holes into both of the turtles’ bodies. There was also a lock, securely connecting them both together.
The struggling turtles were close to drowning, as they were unable to swim.
Oakes quickly rescued both from the water with a stick while Peter handed over a knife to help free the animals.
“Oh, he got it! Oh my God!” Peter exclaims as Oakes excitedly holds one of the turtles up. “They’re free. Holy f***.”
Oakes promptly throws both of the turtles back into the water to swim away freely.
As he does, he notices one of the turtles is bleeding.
“There are some weird people out there,” Oakes exclaims, before helping the second turtle swim off.
Many on social media applauded the men.
“There are some sick people in this world who could do something so cruel to [defenseless] animals. Thank you for saving them!!!!!” wrote one user on Little Things' Facebook page.
“What was done to the turtles is disgusting,” chimed in another, “but thank goodness for these young men with the compassion to free the turtles. May they be blessed.”
It’s not the first time animals have been found tortured in Florida, the New York Daily News reports.
In 2014, two teenage girls were arrested for setting a tortoise on fire and filming the attack.
"Burn baby, burn baby. Now you're scared of us, huh?" says one of the girls.
The girls were charged with various felonies and misdemeanors.
"We take these issues very seriously," said Col. Calvin Adams, director of the Florida Wildlife Conservation's Division of Law Enforcement. "We appreciated the help from the public and our partners in working to protect our valuable natural resources."