Elgordo, an ornate wood turtle from Saginaw children’s zoo, predicts a win for the Denver Broncos during today’s super bowl. A weasel named Bootie, however, shows his support for the Seattle Seahawks! Who will it be? 

Watch El Gordo make his pick here! 

(Source MLive.com

SAGINAW, MI — As football fans pick sides for Super Bowl XLVIII, the animals inside Saginaw’s Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square are also dividing into separate camps.

On a quiet winter day Friday, Jan. 31, at the zoo, 1730 S. Washington, a turtle and an otter went separate ways on their “predictions” of who will win Sunday’s big game.

Elgordo, a Central American ornate wood turtle, was placed near two paper bags displaying the team logos of the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.

“It’s a no-brainer,” said Lizzy Schultz, an education and project specialist for the zoo, as Elgordo made her way straight into the Bronco’s bag.

Schultz and other staff members explained that the turtles and tortoises are fans of hiding in paper bags.

Education and project specialist Heidi Workman, whose artwork can be seen on the windows of the zoo’s gift shop, painted the team logos on the bags with non-toxic paint.

After Elgordo was done making her prediction, the bags were each filled with a single fish and transferred to the snow-covered habitat of Bootie, a North American river otter.

Bootie showed off a little before sticking her head inside the Seahawks bag and gobbling up the fish inside, marking her vote for the Seattle team.

“She’s definitely a Seahawks fan,” said Schultz.

Bootie misses interacting with visitors, according to staff, as the zoo shut its doors for the season in October and won’t open for the 2014 season until March 29.

Despite that, the otter does have some fun with the snow, as she likes to stomp it down and slide on it belly-first.

If you want to see whether Elgordo or Bootie made the correct prediction, tune in to Super Bowl XLVIII starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 on FOX.

Elgordo, an ornate wood turtle from Saginaw children’s zoo, predicts a win for the Denver Broncos during today’s super bowl. A weasel named Bootie, however, shows his support for the Seattle Seahawks! Who will it be? 

Watch El Gordo make his pick here! 

(Source MLive.com

SAGINAW, MI — As football fans pick sides for Super Bowl XLVIII, the animals inside Saginaw’s Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square are also dividing into separate camps.

On a quiet winter day Friday, Jan. 31, at the zoo, 1730 S. Washington, a turtle and an otter went separate ways on their “predictions” of who will win Sunday’s big game.

Elgordo, a Central American ornate wood turtle, was placed near two paper bags displaying the team logos of the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.

“It’s a no-brainer,” said Lizzy Schultz, an education and project specialist for the zoo, as Elgordo made her way straight into the Bronco’s bag.

Schultz and other staff members explained that the turtles and tortoises are fans of hiding in paper bags.

Education and project specialist Heidi Workman, whose artwork can be seen on the windows of the zoo’s gift shop, painted the team logos on the bags with non-toxic paint.

After Elgordo was done making her prediction, the bags were each filled with a single fish and transferred to the snow-covered habitat of Bootie, a North American river otter.

Bootie showed off a little before sticking her head inside the Seahawks bag and gobbling up the fish inside, marking her vote for the Seattle team.

“She’s definitely a Seahawks fan,” said Schultz.

Bootie misses interacting with visitors, according to staff, as the zoo shut its doors for the season in October and won’t open for the 2014 season until March 29.

Despite that, the otter does have some fun with the snow, as she likes to stomp it down and slide on it belly-first.

If you want to see whether Elgordo or Bootie made the correct prediction, tune in to Super Bowl XLVIII starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 on FOX.

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

jillietoyo:

Happy birthday to my tortoise Fredric (today) and Paco (Feb 11th) both turn 2 years old !!!!
For their birthdays I decided to do a medieval photo shoot . Everything made by hand looks ghettotastic but whatever I tried my hardest and made it look good.
  I even added my daughter who is almost 4 months named Libby.
   It was fun doing the photoshoot but kind of stressful getting all the stuff done before now been kind of busy.
    Just kind of shocked that I’ve had both my pets are 2 years now and they are amazing.
    I just wish I could do better on the castle and the background stuff but its been cold here couldn’t do it outside and I did what I could with little money.

So happy birthday my zoo two years strong: 3

HAPPY BIRTHDAY FREDRIC AND PACO! 

That’s a quality zoo you’ve got there. 

thewhimsyturtle:

Two weeks ago, Tort-Time sent us a package of AWESOME! Zoya and her humom sent us a lovely card, a Tort-Time pin, a chocolate to distract our human, and lots of Turtpocalypse gear! Humans of the world, watch out: The Turtpocalypse is coming!

Best of all, Kirby and I both got monogrammed super-tortle capes!! My cape makes me feel safe and lets me survey my kingdom in cozy secrecy. Kirby hasn’t quite figured out how to wear his properly, but he can now escape from his bath in style!

Look at those two sporting their supershell capes! *Melts*

Lunch box and Kirby, a fine example of the two sides of the Turtpocalypse… the quiet but fierce side eye and the all systems go trouble on the move approach. Different methods, same goal…. reminding you who is really in charge <3

thewhimsyturtle:

Two weeks ago, Tort-Time sent us a package of AWESOME! Zoya and her humom sent us a lovely card, a Tort-Time pin, a chocolate to distract our human, and lots of Turtpocalypse gear! Humans of the world, watch out: The Turtpocalypse is coming!

Best of all, Kirby and I both got monogrammed super-tortle capes!! My cape makes me feel safe and lets me survey my kingdom in cozy secrecy. Kirby hasn’t quite figured out how to wear his properly, but he can now escape from his bath in style!

Look at those two sporting their supershell capes! *Melts*

Lunch box and Kirby, a fine example of the two sides of the Turtpocalypse… the quiet but fierce side eye and the all systems go trouble on the move approach. Different methods, same goal…. reminding you who is really in charge <3

thewhimsyturtle:

Two weeks ago, Tort-Time sent us a package of AWESOME! Zoya and her humom sent us a lovely card, a Tort-Time pin, a chocolate to distract our human, and lots of Turtpocalypse gear! Humans of the world, watch out: The Turtpocalypse is coming!

Best of all, Kirby and I both got monogrammed super-tortle capes!! My cape makes me feel safe and lets me survey my kingdom in cozy secrecy. Kirby hasn’t quite figured out how to wear his properly, but he can now escape from his bath in style!

Look at those two sporting their supershell capes! *Melts*

Lunch box and Kirby, a fine example of the two sides of the Turtpocalypse… the quiet but fierce side eye and the all systems go trouble on the move approach. Different methods, same goal…. reminding you who is really in charge <3

thewhimsyturtle:

Two weeks ago, Tort-Time sent us a package of AWESOME! Zoya and her humom sent us a lovely card, a Tort-Time pin, a chocolate to distract our human, and lots of Turtpocalypse gear! Humans of the world, watch out: The Turtpocalypse is coming!

Best of all, Kirby and I both got monogrammed super-tortle capes!! My cape makes me feel safe and lets me survey my kingdom in cozy secrecy. Kirby hasn’t quite figured out how to wear his properly, but he can now escape from his bath in style!

Look at those two sporting their supershell capes! *Melts*

Lunch box and Kirby, a fine example of the two sides of the Turtpocalypse… the quiet but fierce side eye and the all systems go trouble on the move approach. Different methods, same goal…. reminding you who is really in charge <3

thewhimsyturtle:

Two weeks ago, Tort-Time sent us a package of AWESOME! Zoya and her humom sent us a lovely card, a Tort-Time pin, a chocolate to distract our human, and lots of Turtpocalypse gear! Humans of the world, watch out: The Turtpocalypse is coming!

Best of all, Kirby and I both got monogrammed super-tortle capes!! My cape makes me feel safe and lets me survey my kingdom in cozy secrecy. Kirby hasn’t quite figured out how to wear his properly, but he can now escape from his bath in style!

Look at those two sporting their supershell capes! *Melts*

Lunch box and Kirby, a fine example of the two sides of the Turtpocalypse… the quiet but fierce side eye and the all systems go trouble on the move approach. Different methods, same goal…. reminding you who is really in charge <3

thewhimsyturtle:

Two weeks ago, Tort-Time sent us a package of AWESOME! Zoya and her humom sent us a lovely card, a Tort-Time pin, a chocolate to distract our human, and lots of Turtpocalypse gear! Humans of the world, watch out: The Turtpocalypse is coming!

Best of all, Kirby and I both got monogrammed super-tortle capes!! My cape makes me feel safe and lets me survey my kingdom in cozy secrecy. Kirby hasn’t quite figured out how to wear his properly, but he can now escape from his bath in style!

Look at those two sporting their supershell capes! *Melts*

Lunch box and Kirby, a fine example of the two sides of the Turtpocalypse… the quiet but fierce side eye and the all systems go trouble on the move approach. Different methods, same goal…. reminding you who is really in charge <3

thewhimsyturtle:

Two weeks ago, Tort-Time sent us a package of AWESOME! Zoya and her humom sent us a lovely card, a Tort-Time pin, a chocolate to distract our human, and lots of Turtpocalypse gear! Humans of the world, watch out: The Turtpocalypse is coming!

Best of all, Kirby and I both got monogrammed super-tortle capes!! My cape makes me feel safe and lets me survey my kingdom in cozy secrecy. Kirby hasn’t quite figured out how to wear his properly, but he can now escape from his bath in style!

Look at those two sporting their supershell capes! *Melts*

Lunch box and Kirby, a fine example of the two sides of the Turtpocalypse… the quiet but fierce side eye and the all systems go trouble on the move approach. Different methods, same goal…. reminding you who is really in charge <3

thewhimsyturtle:

Two weeks ago, Tort-Time sent us a package of AWESOME! Zoya and her humom sent us a lovely card, a Tort-Time pin, a chocolate to distract our human, and lots of Turtpocalypse gear! Humans of the world, watch out: The Turtpocalypse is coming!

Best of all, Kirby and I both got monogrammed super-tortle capes!! My cape makes me feel safe and lets me survey my kingdom in cozy secrecy. Kirby hasn’t quite figured out how to wear his properly, but he can now escape from his bath in style!

Look at those two sporting their supershell capes! *Melts*

Lunch box and Kirby, a fine example of the two sides of the Turtpocalypse… the quiet but fierce side eye and the all systems go trouble on the move approach. Different methods, same goal…. reminding you who is really in charge <3

thewhimsyturtle:

You’ve seen my adorable tush in video format. Now you can see it in gif form, too!

Much better quality versions here, here, and here.

determination, thy name is tortoise (Kirby to be specific)!

I’m always awed by the strength in those little legs. its one of the things that continues to surprise me. Soon Kirby will be walking off with that laptop. hee

thewhimsyturtle:

You’ve seen my adorable tush in video format. Now you can see it in gif form, too!

Much better quality versions here, here, and here.

determination, thy name is tortoise (Kirby to be specific)!

I’m always awed by the strength in those little legs. its one of the things that continues to surprise me. Soon Kirby will be walking off with that laptop. hee

thewhimsyturtle:

You’ve seen my adorable tush in video format. Now you can see it in gif form, too!

Much better quality versions here, here, and here.

determination, thy name is tortoise (Kirby to be specific)!

I’m always awed by the strength in those little legs. its one of the things that continues to surprise me. Soon Kirby will be walking off with that laptop. hee

basically-drwhostuck:

If you don’t think my pet tortoise is cute then you have some issues and i feel sorry for you

basically-drwhostuck:

If you don’t think my pet tortoise is cute then you have some issues and i feel sorry for you

basically-drwhostuck:

If you don’t think my pet tortoise is cute then you have some issues and i feel sorry for you

basically-drwhostuck:

If you don’t think my pet tortoise is cute then you have some issues and i feel sorry for you

basically-drwhostuck:

If you don’t think my pet tortoise is cute then you have some issues and i feel sorry for you

tortoise-adventures:

First Steps – How do legs work?!?!

Baby still has the yolk sac attached and has been in the incubator for 24+ hours absorbing it. He’s gotten a little restless though so i took him out to give him a little drink of water from a pipette and he had a tiny wander about (on damp kitchen roll so his sac didn’t tear). It is very tiring for him though, so he went back to the incubator for a sleep.