My tortoise escaped

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Lucre
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Re: My tortoise escaped

Post by Lucre » 29 Jun 2020, 09:32

Ok, I have news for you guys.

It isn’t related with Jeff but I have great news.

The veterinarian of my escaped tortoise called me telling me that an elderly lady came to his studio because her tortoise (we do not know the species yet) gave birth to some little tortoises. She couldn’t take care of the little babies, so she is looking to give them away.

I have a nice garden, so I asked the vet to send me pictures of the babies so that I can choose one or two (max) to give them a better life. I chose to adopt max two because if Jeff is going to show up someday they will need to share the garden.

Since they are babies we cannot define the sex yet, so the main concern is that they end up being males and females. I do not know what to do, but we can place them in separate enclosure to ensure they do not fight or mate. Anyway, they are babies and I don’t think they will fight just yet, so we will have time to think about how to proceed.

I will keep you posted on how the adoption goes.
Hopefully they won’t go Houdini-mode like Jeff, this time.

I am glad I did not throw away the tortoise food :-)

See you guys!
Lucre

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Re: My tortoise escaped

Post by Nina » 29 Jun 2020, 15:17

Oh my goodness, Lucre, I'm so happy for you! This is such good news, and you are going to give a wonderful home to these two tortoises, and I think they should count themselves lucky that they are coming to live with such a caring owner.

It is fine to leave them together for now, as if they are male and female they won't really start fighting until they start to become sexually mature (well, that's the theory anyway). Sometimes tortoises of the same sex fight when they are first introduced, in order to sort out who will be dominant, but with tortoises from the same litter this might not happen, and in fact I did hear once of a male and female from the same litter who lived together happily for all of their lives.

And when Jeff turns up (and i'm still convinced that he will), he will have some new little friends).

If you can send us a photo of the mother of the tortoises we can tell you the species.

Can't wait to see photos of them -- when will they arrive?

Nina
P.S. I meant to give apologies for not responding to your post of 24th June, but I have only just seen it. For some reason we have been having trouble with the notification system, and I never got a message to say that a new post had been made in this thread.

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Lucre
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Re: My tortoise escaped

Post by Lucre » 29 Jun 2020, 16:08

Hi Nina!

Yes, don’t worry about anything, it wasn’t that important, I just write so that everybody can follow my story.

The pictures... the vet couldn’t send those because he had to go in surgery right after he called me. Unluckily the vet went home after surgery and he forgot about the pictures...

But when he will be there tomorrow, from the pictures I will chose one (or two, my friend wants to adopt one too, and we both do not know how many torts the vet has left). My friend will pick them up and bring the Little ones when she can, since we do not live that close to each other.

When I will receive news, I will share some picture with you!
Lucre

EDITED:
The vet is going away for vacation time... so until next Monday we won’t have any little tortoises.
I’m sad, because I prepared everything (soil, rocks, water, bath and so on...) but you know vacation is important for docs.

I just hope that he doesn’t give them all away before he turns back. I mean, I wish that every single of the tortoises gets adopted, don’t get me wrong, but I wish I could have my two little torts, you know.

We’ll see.
Lucre

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