This made me laugh. Silly human is quickly learning whose in charge. Especially when noms are involved. 🙂 You get that garden tortie!
A picky tortoise has the anemone in his sights: A reader has been struggling to find acceptable foodstuffs for his newly-adopted tortoise
SIR – Recently I have had visited upon me a small Moroccan tortoise by a lovely granddaughter whose interest in animals has now turned to kittens.
However, we are struggling to find food it will accept: for Toastie (the tortoise) will eat nothing but anemone leaves.
I have read much about the tortoise diet, and have gone about gathering the most juicy of dandelions, from which he always retreats as if they were poison.
I have also tried nasturtiums, marigolds and other edible flower leaves, to no avail.
In desperation I obtained a “total holistic dietary food of dandelion flavour”, but when offered it he closed one eye before turning away as if to say, “You must be joking”. My once-proud anemones have been reduced to a row of bare stalks.