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Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Begging

When I first brought Malti home, she was still so wild! At times she seemed nearly feral, looking at me suspiciously out of those tiny intense black eyes. And then she started to grow up. She began to put two and two together on multiple levels. Specifically, she started to catch on that the large, … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Begging

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Bathing

If you've been following along with our little flock's adventures for some time now, you probably remember that pivotal moment in May 2014 (four years ago now - wow!) when Malti first joined our family. She was so little! She bathed in a tupperware lid at first, and then "graduated" to a teensy tiny tort … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Bathing

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Napping

When I first met Malti, she was sitting calmly in the center of a small plastic container. Her younger brother, another redfoot tortoise, was busily running circles around her inside the container. When given the choice between the two, I selected Malti - something just told me she was the one and I went with … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Napping

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Pearl

As Malti grows up, she becomes more alert and curious about everything in her surroundings. And I do mean everything. This little girl doesn't miss a beat. If something in her environment changes, she notices right away. If there is an opportunity to check out anything - or anyone - she has only been able … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Pearl

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Groceries

Redfoot tortoises are very smart. Not only can they go head-to-head on touch screen computer tests with dogs, rats, mice, chimps, black bears and other warm-blooded species, but they can solve mazes with the right motivation (which is always treats, of course). If I ever forget this, all I have to do is wait until … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Groceries

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Cloaking Device

Even when Malti was 4 weeks old and the size of my palm, she already had the most gorgeous coloring. Her orange and red dots covered her lower face, chin, neck, all four legs and feet and her little tail. As she gets bigger, so do her dots. Her colors seem to change every day! … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Cloaking Device

Pearl, Malti & Bruce Say Happy Mother’s Day!

When you have feathers or a shell and you hit the luck jackpot and get the greatest grandma on the planet, you always want to wish her "Happy Mother's Day" first thing on her special morning! (Of course if she wants to thank you for your thoughtfulness by preparing you some fresh crispy waffles with … Continue reading Pearl, Malti & Bruce Say Happy Mother’s Day!

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Young, Small and Delicious

In South American where Malti's species hails from, red footed tortoises are considered a...um...delicacy. "Tortoise pie" is said to be a particular favorite on festive occasions. When Malti first joined our little flock, she hid CONSTANTLY. And she was the size of a silver dollar, and her mama had packed her habitat with plenty of … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Young, Small and Delicious

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Eyesight

Malti's eyes often look black, especially when she is sitting in the sun. It took a long time to realize her eyes are actually brown! But it didn't take me nearly so long to learn that her eyes work really well. For example, she can see in the ultraviolet light spectrum, just like her parrot … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Eyesight

Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Repurposing

I grew up with parrots. They are small and quick and LOUD. I also cared for a group of rescued water turtles as a child - they weren't loud, but they were also small and quick. Malti is just the opposite. Malti is large and slow and very, very quiet. Or, she is quiet when … Continue reading Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Repurposing

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