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The large shell-less being here….
Bruce came to us four years ago with a mysterious past and a desperate need for a permanent home.
Right away I got the sense he wanted to stay with our little flock, which daunted and delighted me in fairly equal measure.
I also quickly began to suspect Bruce could climb anything climbable….as well as many things that aren’t supposed to be climbable.
This was recently confirmed when I picked Bruce up from boarding after a weeklong camping trip.
The carer, who is a lead herpetologist at our city’s world-famous zoo, described his half hour-long search for Bruce, which culminated in the shocking discovery of my boy FIVE FEET off the ground, where he was napping cozily on the cusp of a trailing vine.
But sometimes even the best of climbing intentions might not pan out precisely as expected.
The other day I headed out to the secure outdoor play area to check on Bruce, but he was nowhere to be found. This wasn’t unusual – there have been times I’ve hunted all over only to discover him standing by my feet!
But this time he really wasn’t any of the usual places. Finally, I looked on the other side of the chain link fence and noticed a small head with orange cheek patches peeking out.
There really are no words for his thought process on this particular climb…..I’ll let the video speak for itself!