This guy needs a hug! Cranky Benj is a level 24 non-aggressive rare orange turtle that can be found patrolling up and down the river east of Tarren Mill in Hillsbrad Foothills. He has a fairly large patrol area, but when he is up he's pretty easy to spot. He is much larger, and a different color than the other turtles in the river and he never leaves the middle of the river on his patrol.
He drops the typical green item and a decent amount of experience for leveling characters.
Although not a unique skin, he makes a nice hunter pet. The only other tamable turtles in this color at this level are the elite Aku'Mai Snapjaws in Blackfathom Deeps. This coloration can also be found on the level 30-31 Saltwater Snapjaws in The Hinterlands and the level 50 Sorrowmurk Snapjaws in Swamp of Sorrows. Also, available to goblins are the level 7-8 Child of Volcanoth on The Lost Isles.
Cranky Benj can be found with NPCScan. You will need to add it, his NPCScan ID is 14223.
You can also use this macro to help find and tame him:
/tar Cranky Benj
/cast Tame Beast
I'm not sure on his exact spawn timer, but before Cataclysm it was fairy long, somewhere in the range of 32-48 hours. He was up the first time I went looking for him. My guess is that the timer has been reduced significantly.
Although there are many rares in Hillsbrad Foothills (I will not cover all of them), four of them are tamable by hunters. Those four are:
- Araga - Lioness
- Big Samras - Diseased Brown Bear
- Cranky Benj - Orange Turtle
- Creepthess - Grey Tarantula