Hermann’s tortoise (Testudo hermanni) hatching
photo by Henri Pidoux
this hurt my heart.
In memory of Petals.
She was my best friend and tied for my favorite tortoise. We went shopping together, and I took her on walks, and while I painted her nails she would sing to me. Her sister tortoise was Mocha, a year older and much stronger, but she was always there for Petals.
Petals was such a strong girl, through all the shots and X-Rays, but she was never 100% well. Even when we tried to separate the sisters with a wooden wall in their tank, Mocha dug under the wall and sat next to her sister until she got well.
When I came back from camp that summer my parents told me she was gone, and I cried for a whole day. I had never been so close to something that had just disappeared from my life.
I made her a beautiful shoebox with sparkly pink ribbon – her favorite – and put her lifeless shell inside.
Petals was so frail, her happy green eyes were permanently shut, her shiny scales were dull and thin, and her head drooped down. That was the worst. Her head was the first thing that popped out and greeted me every morning of my childhood.
I sat with her at her burial spot in my backyard and planted flowers. Her sister Mocha helped.
With Petals gone, Mocha was sad for a while, but Petals’ spirit was still inside of her. She smiled everyday, and ate out of both bowls of food so that Petals’ leaves wouldn’t go to waste.
To this day Mocha has grown into a big, strong girl, wand with Petals watching over, I know she’ll find a great home with a lovely family when I go away to college next year.
Zoya and her bestie @heytoe like to be hand fed (even though they will gladly eat regardless from a plate, nom nom nom)
Special stylest @jeffmusk did Zoya’s hair for #WW (wig wednesday)! She wants to know which you like best?
getting so big and doing yoga already. Always amazed at how quick they grow.
You’re growing too fast!
About 10 months old now!
Hey Snuffy, nice to meet ya. Many of us turtle moms think we biologically mothered our little shelled kids. Just humor us ok? One day you’ll want us to buy you a new pair of tortoise shell glasses, or a black light for your tank that you’ll turn on while you listen to some angst riddled rock music… then we all know who you’ll ask, biologically mothered or not. 🙂 Oh and hey! not all of us can have a face as cute as yours! We have to work at it!
hi hi. My name is Snuffy and I’m just chilling here on eid with my mommy who swears too hard that she biologically mothered me. Furthermore, in her vain identity efforts, she smears a green mint mask on her face to better match with green little me and also, to clear up her face because she needs to look fly, no lie, this week.
“t3eesh mara w min ba3d itmoot [you’ll only live once and then you’ll die]” -Snuffy, the insightful turtle.