terricthedemondog:

Sitting here watching Maury with Turtle, my tortoise. Insomnia rocks.

Aww Turtle the tortoise looks like he won a prize getting to stay up late with the humans 😀

terricthedemondog:

Sitting here watching Maury with Turtle, my tortoise. Insomnia rocks.

Aww Turtle the tortoise looks like he won a prize getting to stay up late with the humans 😀

Looks like Samson is happy to be home, but enjoyed his adventures a little too. How can you resist this pose? 

(Source: MyFoxPhilly.com)

CASA GRANDE, AZ –

A giant tortoise in Arizona proves that slow and steady really does win the race!

18-year-old Samson the Tortoise escaped from his owners’ casa Grande home in November 2012. The owners say the 100-pound sulcata tortoise wandered out through an open gate after finding some alfalfa.

He roamed around for a while before someone found him 30 miles away from the home in Hidden Valley. Samson was then taken to a Maricopa foster home.

After an online posting, and a microchip in his leg, he was returned back to his owners The Plumb Family.

Mary Plumb says someone who took care of the animals, who was out in the yard, left a gate open.

13-year-old Charles Plum is thrilled to have Samson back home.

“I was coming in and my parents told me we got the tortoise back and so I just dropped my backpack and ran over here,” Charles said.

The Plumbs not only have 18 tortoises, but they take care of chickens, dozens of peacocks, tarantulas, pet snakes, 20 guinea fowls and an alpaca.

Mary says she couldn’t wait to feed Samson his favorite food apples.

wafflesworld:

After yesterday’s hatchday excitement, I didn’t expect that today would be just as exciting! Mom brought us a package from the mail from friend Zoya and her humom. We read the card first, such a nice letter! There was a present inside for each of us that I determined wasn’t a hibiscus after trying to eat the paper. Mom helped unwrap and we were both excited to see that we both were given handmade superhero capes! They’re a bit big but I’m sure I’ll fit mine by the end of the month. Mom told us that we can use them for our tuck in blankets at night until we get bigger! Yay! Now we can have superhero dreams! There was also some stickers, a pin for mom’s collection in her car, and some chocolate for mom too. Thank you so much Zoya and humom! We love you too!

YAY!! You got them!!

WOW humom totally messed up those sizes! Don’t worry we’ll make ya some smaller ones! They are good blankets tho, Humom has one she puts a heat pack in when we travel. 

You probably smelled the hibiscus flowers from Florida. We were visiting when humom sent the package. There were so many outside. I wanted to send you some too, but humom said they don’t taste good when mailed and that no one could nom them cause they were probably sprayed with icky stuff that’s bad for us.  She’s no fun.  

wafflesworld:

After yesterday’s hatchday excitement, I didn’t expect that today would be just as exciting! Mom brought us a package from the mail from friend Zoya and her humom. We read the card first, such a nice letter! There was a present inside for each of us that I determined wasn’t a hibiscus after trying to eat the paper. Mom helped unwrap and we were both excited to see that we both were given handmade superhero capes! They’re a bit big but I’m sure I’ll fit mine by the end of the month. Mom told us that we can use them for our tuck in blankets at night until we get bigger! Yay! Now we can have superhero dreams! There was also some stickers, a pin for mom’s collection in her car, and some chocolate for mom too. Thank you so much Zoya and humom! We love you too!

YAY!! You got them!!

WOW humom totally messed up those sizes! Don’t worry we’ll make ya some smaller ones! They are good blankets tho, Humom has one she puts a heat pack in when we travel. 

You probably smelled the hibiscus flowers from Florida. We were visiting when humom sent the package. There were so many outside. I wanted to send you some too, but humom said they don’t taste good when mailed and that no one could nom them cause they were probably sprayed with icky stuff that’s bad for us.  She’s no fun.  

wafflesworld:

After yesterday’s hatchday excitement, I didn’t expect that today would be just as exciting! Mom brought us a package from the mail from friend Zoya and her humom. We read the card first, such a nice letter! There was a present inside for each of us that I determined wasn’t a hibiscus after trying to eat the paper. Mom helped unwrap and we were both excited to see that we both were given handmade superhero capes! They’re a bit big but I’m sure I’ll fit mine by the end of the month. Mom told us that we can use them for our tuck in blankets at night until we get bigger! Yay! Now we can have superhero dreams! There was also some stickers, a pin for mom’s collection in her car, and some chocolate for mom too. Thank you so much Zoya and humom! We love you too!

YAY!! You got them!!

WOW humom totally messed up those sizes! Don’t worry we’ll make ya some smaller ones! They are good blankets tho, Humom has one she puts a heat pack in when we travel. 

You probably smelled the hibiscus flowers from Florida. We were visiting when humom sent the package. There were so many outside. I wanted to send you some too, but humom said they don’t taste good when mailed and that no one could nom them cause they were probably sprayed with icky stuff that’s bad for us.  She’s no fun.  

wafflesworld:

After yesterday’s hatchday excitement, I didn’t expect that today would be just as exciting! Mom brought us a package from the mail from friend Zoya and her humom. We read the card first, such a nice letter! There was a present inside for each of us that I determined wasn’t a hibiscus after trying to eat the paper. Mom helped unwrap and we were both excited to see that we both were given handmade superhero capes! They’re a bit big but I’m sure I’ll fit mine by the end of the month. Mom told us that we can use them for our tuck in blankets at night until we get bigger! Yay! Now we can have superhero dreams! There was also some stickers, a pin for mom’s collection in her car, and some chocolate for mom too. Thank you so much Zoya and humom! We love you too!

YAY!! You got them!!

WOW humom totally messed up those sizes! Don’t worry we’ll make ya some smaller ones! They are good blankets tho, Humom has one she puts a heat pack in when we travel. 

You probably smelled the hibiscus flowers from Florida. We were visiting when humom sent the package. There were so many outside. I wanted to send you some too, but humom said they don’t taste good when mailed and that no one could nom them cause they were probably sprayed with icky stuff that’s bad for us.  She’s no fun.  

wafflesworld:

After yesterday’s hatchday excitement, I didn’t expect that today would be just as exciting! Mom brought us a package from the mail from friend Zoya and her humom. We read the card first, such a nice letter! There was a present inside for each of us that I determined wasn’t a hibiscus after trying to eat the paper. Mom helped unwrap and we were both excited to see that we both were given handmade superhero capes! They’re a bit big but I’m sure I’ll fit mine by the end of the month. Mom told us that we can use them for our tuck in blankets at night until we get bigger! Yay! Now we can have superhero dreams! There was also some stickers, a pin for mom’s collection in her car, and some chocolate for mom too. Thank you so much Zoya and humom! We love you too!

YAY!! You got them!!

WOW humom totally messed up those sizes! Don’t worry we’ll make ya some smaller ones! They are good blankets tho, Humom has one she puts a heat pack in when we travel. 

You probably smelled the hibiscus flowers from Florida. We were visiting when humom sent the package. There were so many outside. I wanted to send you some too, but humom said they don’t taste good when mailed and that no one could nom them cause they were probably sprayed with icky stuff that’s bad for us.  She’s no fun.  

wafflesworld:

After yesterday’s hatchday excitement, I didn’t expect that today would be just as exciting! Mom brought us a package from the mail from friend Zoya and her humom. We read the card first, such a nice letter! There was a present inside for each of us that I determined wasn’t a hibiscus after trying to eat the paper. Mom helped unwrap and we were both excited to see that we both were given handmade superhero capes! They’re a bit big but I’m sure I’ll fit mine by the end of the month. Mom told us that we can use them for our tuck in blankets at night until we get bigger! Yay! Now we can have superhero dreams! There was also some stickers, a pin for mom’s collection in her car, and some chocolate for mom too. Thank you so much Zoya and humom! We love you too!

YAY!! You got them!!

WOW humom totally messed up those sizes! Don’t worry we’ll make ya some smaller ones! They are good blankets tho, Humom has one she puts a heat pack in when we travel. 

You probably smelled the hibiscus flowers from Florida. We were visiting when humom sent the package. There were so many outside. I wanted to send you some too, but humom said they don’t taste good when mailed and that no one could nom them cause they were probably sprayed with icky stuff that’s bad for us.  She’s no fun.  

pardusorientalis:

aspidelaps:

flygex-eatin-on-softies:

tort-time:

Check out the Franky Cam, streaming live from atop the shell of the 17 y/o Sulcata tortoise. You can see the world from Franky’s perspective as he roams Lou’s Pet Shop in Michigan, noming some lettuce, making new friends, and probably causing some trouble (He’s a tortoise duh! ).

(Check it out here!)

The DropCam has many uses: home security, nanny cams, public safety… but frankly we think the Franky Cam is by far the best use of this wireless streaming video technology. 

(From TheNewYorkTimes )

“He gets about 10,000 viewers a month,” said Donnie Cook, the owner of Lou’s Pet Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., where Franky, an easygoing 17-year-old, spends his days transmitting over the Internet a nonstop tortoise-eye view of the world. “We get people from at least 30 states, plus Italy, France.” A family in California has even sent the store $50 to keep Franky in lettuce.

Why is it that whenever I see a popular post about a tortoise they always mention how much lettuce they eat, as if that’s the only thing in their diet.  Look at that horrible pyramiding, and am I wrong in thinking that beak is a bit long, too?  *sigh*  I’d donate money just to get the poor thing OFF lettuce, and onto something more healthy. -_-

Oh my god this is one sorry looking sulcata. 17 years old and THIS is what he looks like?! Disgusting. Sloped shell. pyramiding, overgrown beak, underweight and dehydrated, and they’re strapping a camera on his back and making him walk around on smooth tile like a fucking circus clown.

Lou’s Pet Shop I sincerely hope you go under thanks.

Hey guys I know nothing about tortioses but you guys clearly do – can you at least message the pet shop and give them some advice instead of just bitching somewhere where theyre never gonna see it? Maybe they simply dont know and are ignorant. Please just message them and explain what can be done to help Franky, as they clearly do like him.

Hey guys, I wanted to reblog this so others can see the important discussion Franky Cam has raised about how they’re caring for this sulcata and share some info I have as well. 

I first feel its important to note that he was taken in after someone left him behind, then turned over again after the person that took him in couldn’t deal with his size.  We can’t know if he’s recovering from residual issues or not or what care he’s recieving. Also should note that “lettuce” was the NYT word for what tortoises eat and its not an accurate description of his diet (from what Lou’s pet shop says). The article was about the camera, not just about franky.

That said, he does have some clear Pyramiding issues and signs of dehydration.  Many people are questioning the use of the camera as stressful for him. I can’t give you any solace from a first hand basis. Before posting I noted that he was a rescue and that the camera is not 24/7 or even daily. Its often placed near other animals in the store for, what the store claims, is franky’s saftey. This doesn’t quell concerns I realize, but I want to assure you that it has sparked much debate amongst sulcata owners and caretakers and the store (And franky’s owners) have been contacted regarding his care by multiple people.  Not to say you can’t contact them yourself, just try and keep in mind that yelling is the best way to make people defensive and ignore everything you say. That would only end up hurting Franky. 

Just wanted to make sure you all know these points are definitely not being ignored and that people are doing something. <3s to all of you. 

pardusorientalis:

aspidelaps:

flygex-eatin-on-softies:

tort-time:

Check out the Franky Cam, streaming live from atop the shell of the 17 y/o Sulcata tortoise. You can see the world from Franky’s perspective as he roams Lou’s Pet Shop in Michigan, noming some lettuce, making new friends, and probably causing some trouble (He’s a tortoise duh! ).

(Check it out here!)

The DropCam has many uses: home security, nanny cams, public safety… but frankly we think the Franky Cam is by far the best use of this wireless streaming video technology. 

(From TheNewYorkTimes )

“He gets about 10,000 viewers a month,” said Donnie Cook, the owner of Lou’s Pet Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., where Franky, an easygoing 17-year-old, spends his days transmitting over the Internet a nonstop tortoise-eye view of the world. “We get people from at least 30 states, plus Italy, France.” A family in California has even sent the store $50 to keep Franky in lettuce.

Why is it that whenever I see a popular post about a tortoise they always mention how much lettuce they eat, as if that’s the only thing in their diet.  Look at that horrible pyramiding, and am I wrong in thinking that beak is a bit long, too?  *sigh*  I’d donate money just to get the poor thing OFF lettuce, and onto something more healthy. -_-

Oh my god this is one sorry looking sulcata. 17 years old and THIS is what he looks like?! Disgusting. Sloped shell. pyramiding, overgrown beak, underweight and dehydrated, and they’re strapping a camera on his back and making him walk around on smooth tile like a fucking circus clown.

Lou’s Pet Shop I sincerely hope you go under thanks.

Hey guys I know nothing about tortioses but you guys clearly do – can you at least message the pet shop and give them some advice instead of just bitching somewhere where theyre never gonna see it? Maybe they simply dont know and are ignorant. Please just message them and explain what can be done to help Franky, as they clearly do like him.

Hey guys, I wanted to reblog this so others can see the important discussion Franky Cam has raised about how they’re caring for this sulcata and share some info I have as well. 

I first feel its important to note that he was taken in after someone left him behind, then turned over again after the person that took him in couldn’t deal with his size.  We can’t know if he’s recovering from residual issues or not or what care he’s recieving. Also should note that “lettuce” was the NYT word for what tortoises eat and its not an accurate description of his diet (from what Lou’s pet shop says). The article was about the camera, not just about franky.

That said, he does have some clear Pyramiding issues and signs of dehydration.  Many people are questioning the use of the camera as stressful for him. I can’t give you any solace from a first hand basis. Before posting I noted that he was a rescue and that the camera is not 24/7 or even daily. Its often placed near other animals in the store for, what the store claims, is franky’s saftey. This doesn’t quell concerns I realize, but I want to assure you that it has sparked much debate amongst sulcata owners and caretakers and the store (And franky’s owners) have been contacted regarding his care by multiple people.  Not to say you can’t contact them yourself, just try and keep in mind that yelling is the best way to make people defensive and ignore everything you say. That would only end up hurting Franky. 

Just wanted to make sure you all know these points are definitely not being ignored and that people are doing something. <3s to all of you. 

pardusorientalis:

aspidelaps:

flygex-eatin-on-softies:

tort-time:

Check out the Franky Cam, streaming live from atop the shell of the 17 y/o Sulcata tortoise. You can see the world from Franky’s perspective as he roams Lou’s Pet Shop in Michigan, noming some lettuce, making new friends, and probably causing some trouble (He’s a tortoise duh! ).

(Check it out here!)

The DropCam has many uses: home security, nanny cams, public safety… but frankly we think the Franky Cam is by far the best use of this wireless streaming video technology. 

(From TheNewYorkTimes )

“He gets about 10,000 viewers a month,” said Donnie Cook, the owner of Lou’s Pet Shop in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., where Franky, an easygoing 17-year-old, spends his days transmitting over the Internet a nonstop tortoise-eye view of the world. “We get people from at least 30 states, plus Italy, France.” A family in California has even sent the store $50 to keep Franky in lettuce.

Why is it that whenever I see a popular post about a tortoise they always mention how much lettuce they eat, as if that’s the only thing in their diet.  Look at that horrible pyramiding, and am I wrong in thinking that beak is a bit long, too?  *sigh*  I’d donate money just to get the poor thing OFF lettuce, and onto something more healthy. -_-

Oh my god this is one sorry looking sulcata. 17 years old and THIS is what he looks like?! Disgusting. Sloped shell. pyramiding, overgrown beak, underweight and dehydrated, and they’re strapping a camera on his back and making him walk around on smooth tile like a fucking circus clown.

Lou’s Pet Shop I sincerely hope you go under thanks.

Hey guys I know nothing about tortioses but you guys clearly do – can you at least message the pet shop and give them some advice instead of just bitching somewhere where theyre never gonna see it? Maybe they simply dont know and are ignorant. Please just message them and explain what can be done to help Franky, as they clearly do like him.

Hey guys, I wanted to reblog this so others can see the important discussion Franky Cam has raised about how they’re caring for this sulcata and share some info I have as well. 

I first feel its important to note that he was taken in after someone left him behind, then turned over again after the person that took him in couldn’t deal with his size.  We can’t know if he’s recovering from residual issues or not or what care he’s recieving. Also should note that “lettuce” was the NYT word for what tortoises eat and its not an accurate description of his diet (from what Lou’s pet shop says). The article was about the camera, not just about franky.

That said, he does have some clear Pyramiding issues and signs of dehydration.  Many people are questioning the use of the camera as stressful for him. I can’t give you any solace from a first hand basis. Before posting I noted that he was a rescue and that the camera is not 24/7 or even daily. Its often placed near other animals in the store for, what the store claims, is franky’s saftey. This doesn’t quell concerns I realize, but I want to assure you that it has sparked much debate amongst sulcata owners and caretakers and the store (And franky’s owners) have been contacted regarding his care by multiple people.  Not to say you can’t contact them yourself, just try and keep in mind that yelling is the best way to make people defensive and ignore everything you say. That would only end up hurting Franky. 

Just wanted to make sure you all know these points are definitely not being ignored and that people are doing something. <3s to all of you. 

flancasero:

A’Tuin, my Argentine Tortoise (Chelonoidis chilensis). She will never be as big as her cousins, the Sulcatas, but she doesn’t seem to care 🙂

flancasero:

A’Tuin, my Argentine Tortoise (Chelonoidis chilensis). She will never be as big as her cousins, the Sulcatas, but she doesn’t seem to care 🙂

flancasero:

A’Tuin, my Argentine Tortoise (Chelonoidis chilensis). She will never be as big as her cousins, the Sulcatas, but she doesn’t seem to care 🙂