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Being born very cute can quickly become problematic when you are also very shy.
Sure, there is your precious curved shell, your adorable orange cheek patches, your expressive red whirling eyes, your stunning white neck.
It’s no surprise why other beings like you so much.
Some of those beings can be quite patient, too, waiting for hours or days or even weeks for you to come out of your shell (both figuratively and literally).
The large shell-less beings tend to be particularly persistent in this regard.
For example, let’s say a large shell-less being rescues you right before you were about to turn into a road pancake with accents of orange.
You trust her….sort of. But still, there is your quiet, dark, comfy, cozy shell and all that me-time you crave.
So she waits. And she waits. And she waits. And she waits some more.
A few days or years go by.
One day she shows up as usual to wish you good morning, drop off some carefully curated delicacies, change your hay and refill your swimming pool.
And suddenly, you are ready. You stay out of your shell. You inch up closer to her. Then – big deep breath – miracle of miracles – you allow her to gently pat your super-soft neck skin.
Who is the bravest box turtle in the whole wide world??
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But if you would like to “pass the waffles” (or the mealworms, or the salmon) and gift your favorite flock member with a tasty treat, our beaks are wide open and grateful! 🙂