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In Topic: Happy Ending To Missing Tort In Sheffield

25 July 2021 - 04:28 PM

That’s great news, Carol, I love happy endings too  :)

In Topic: 54 Today

27 June 2021 - 02:16 PM

I've had Harry nine years now, can't believe where the time's gone. He hatched on June 21st 1967, and was bought by the breeder's neighbour for five shillings (25p). She had him for forty-two years before she passed away in 2009. As you can see by his smooth shell and general good health, he was well looked after. Harry then went to a patient of mine who fosters and re homes tortoises in the same situation as Harry. 
Around that time I'd decided I'd like a tortoise, and realising it was a big undertaking, spent a good two years thoroughly researching the subject, and preparing the garden for his residence. In 2012 the garden was looking good with flowers and weeds, and I felt confident that I'd learnt enough to care for him properly. I also joined this forum to ask the plethora of questions I knew I'd have along the way. 
Harry joined the family that same year and settled in really well right from the start. The lady I got him from was very well-meaning, but old-fashioned in tortoise husbandry, and as a result, he was rather underweight. Thankfully, he took to his new proper diet very quickly, and gained 200g in the first five weeks. Now he stays at a steady 1550g which is perfect for his size.
Yes, he is a little spoilt, but not mollycoddled; I like him to live as close to as he would in the wild as possible.
His future is pretty secure; he's likely to outlive us, so we'll have him until the time comes. Our son loves him, and has also learnt to look after him properly. He's also stated that he fully intends to inherit him (along with the house, no doubt!) when we're six feet under, so it seems Harry doesn't have to worry about where he's going to end up.
Quite a fortunate little tortoise methinks! 

In Topic: In The Sunshine.

28 April 2021 - 12:01 PM

Lovely pictures, Carol, and great to see our torts enjoying the sunshine!

In Topic: Happy Easter

04 April 2021 - 08:06 PM

Happy Easter all; yes, it’s been great having the sunshine lately, but the cold nights are returning. Let’s hope spring kicks in properly very soon xx

In Topic: Available For Rehoming 11 Year Old Female Hermanni Boettgeri

27 March 2021 - 07:36 AM

Great news, Sue, brilliant xx