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#1 Graham

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 06:20 PM

It was Harry's 48th birthday today.  :partyhat:

 

 

He had his annual birthday treat of a big poached-egg plant:

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And a few mimulus flowers for dessert:

 

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 08:10 PM

Oh gosh! Harry is perfect..... X x x hugs x x

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 08:23 PM

Happy birthday Harry! :)



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Posted 21 June 2015 - 08:57 PM

Happy birthday day Harry :) definatly a spoilt chap :)

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 09:00 PM

Happy birthday Harry Hope our torts reach that grand age !

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 10:18 PM

It was Harry's 48th birthday today.  :partyhat:
 
 
He had his annual birthday treat of a big poached-egg plant:
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And a few mimulus flowers for dessert:
 
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How long have you had him Graham? He looks well happy with his birthday tea :)

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Posted 21 June 2015 - 10:47 PM

Happy birthday Harry Hope our torts reach that grand age !

hopefully they will double it and more, just like Harry will

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Posted 22 June 2015 - 03:51 AM

It was Harry's 48th birthday today.  :partyhat:

 

 

He had his annual birthday treat of a big poached-egg plant:

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And a few mimulus flowers for dessert:

 

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Hi Graham,

What lovely photos, Harry is looking well, I bet these older torts could tell us some tales, how long have you had Harry now. :)



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Posted 22 June 2015 - 04:41 PM

Hi, all,
I've had Harry three 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!




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