The Tortoise

Tortoise were first seen around here over 10 years ago.
During that time they lived in the large field on the
other side of the long fence. They were not bothered
and did not bother anyone. However, one day the mowers
decided to ‘move them out’. They set off smoke bombs.
It scared them. I didn’t see them after that.
Sadly, it worked. The tortoise was not seen for years
until recently. Now, she lives on our property! No smoke
bombs here! We were quite excited to see her ‘burrow’. Even
our puppy seems to be getting along with her. Lucy just
wants to play with it!
p.s. It is the female of the species that dig holes
underground to have young. The male does not need a
‘safe’ place underground to have young.

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53 thoughts on “The Tortoise

  1. Some humans’ treatment of animals is ignorant and difficult for me understand.
    It seems man’s inhumanity to man is extended to all life.
    I’m glad this tortoise gets to live by you now.

  2. I am so happy and not surprised you provided a safe haven when your neighbors didn’t understand the value of nature. I wonder if she has a mate or friend anywhere close?

    • I guess the tortoise just happened upon the ‘right’ place to call home for her. I certainly did not have anything much to say in the matter. Wouldn’t be surprised that she had
      a friend hear by,
      Have a great day Marlene

  3. What a heart-warming post! Of course the tortoise would be drawn – by instinct and perhaps guided by the mystical realm – to your oasis. No smoke bombs allowed. It makes my heart smile to know that it now lives under the umbrella of your guardianship!

  4. Beautiful. My son is still dreaming of the day we can find a tortoise in our garden. I remember seeing one when I was about 10 years old. They absolutely gorgeous creatures.

  5. So happy your tortoises have a safe habitat now. My sister and I had a tortoise each when we were children living in England. Tommy and Theresa thrived quite well until winter, when they had to hibernate. We were told that the best thing would be to put them in a box with lots of straw, near to the hearth. Sad to say, they were no longer in the land of the living when we uncovered them in the spring. 😦

    • Believe it or not they were considered yummy in early America and were hunter for food to near extinction. Fortunately, hunting has stopped but they are still on the ‘threatened list’. Thank you for expressing your interest Stella. Have a good day. Eddie

    • Have to be honest with you, she found what she wanted and it became hers. She dug the
      hole which became her barrow. We are
      happy to have her! Thank you for your kindness!

kindness is always welcome

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