Do you think it’s possible that Darwin and Pinky are trying to show their displeasure at being left at home while we spent a week at the beach? They were well taken care of, but maybe they’re more sensitive than I previously understood, because both of them tried to run away this week!
First Darwin tried to make a break for it–and very nearly succeeded! I leave for work early and Darwin doesn’t come out of the greenhouse for his first morning meal until midmorning when the sun is well up. I typically leave the greenhouse closed until Jay returns from work first thing in the morning, when he then opens the greenhouse and offers breakfast.
I guess Darwin got a little impatient! Jay found the plexiglass doors completely busted out…and no Darwin!
How did that tortoise so quickly figure out that I hadn’t closed the gate? When found, he was already in the front yard and on the lam! But his little plot was foiled! He was returned to the yard, then fed, and allowed to roam as much as he pleases…within the boundaries of a fenced yard, of course.
He certainly looks cool and calm here, doesn’t he? I think he was giving us the cold shoulder. Or is he plotting his next move?
Well, at least disaster was averted this time…until I went to feed Pinky this morning and discovered that SHE had been digging and was very nearly outside of her well-appointed condominium.
Tenacious little thing! Somehow she managed to get through the wire barrier carefully positioned under her home, and had tunneled under grass and dirt. My timing was perfect, because the tunnel was already accessible…I found a carrot outside the cage!
Now let me just say that these are two of the most pampered pets you can imagine. I spend a small fortune on greens for Darwin and Pinky! They eat very well and often! We freeze water bottles and place them in Pinky’s cage for personal air conditioning when the temperatures climb. Frankly, my feelings are hurt!
Well, we spent the day shoring up the offending broken barriers and we had to move Pinky’s condo to a part of the yard where she can’t dig. We’ll try to figure out a way to make a “run” for her so that she has the chance to be a bunny in the wild once in a while.
You may have forgotten we have another tortoise in the family. I don’t share about Rocky too often because a little box tortoise living within the confines of a large terrarium doesn’t create great headlines.
Rocky found us about ten years ago and is a pretty little thing. We felt sorry for him one day in May and created a little outdoor pen on the grass…just for an afternoon of sunning and fresh air. He escaped, too! Three days later a neighbor two properties north of us found Rocky in her backyard vegetable garden.
I think any thoughts of us getting a dog are on hold for awhile!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. And if you have pets in your home, I suggest you include them in your plans. Maybe you’ll be able to avoid a revolt!
Breathing lighter…for the most part! Debra