Resting in Place with Malti: Nature and Nurture

Into every life a little good news….and a little bad news….may fall. Good news, of course, is for basking in (and eating, if it looks the least bit edible). Bad news is a whole different matter. Some types of bad news is particularly….um….infectious. Sometimes you may get a really big, bad batch of it –Continue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Nature and Nurture”

Resting in Place with Malti: Bring a Friend to Quarantine

It’s one thing to rest in a certain place because you are choosing to rest there. It is quite another thing to have someone else tell you that you can only rest HERE and not THERE. There is a word for that. (Several words, in fact.) Annoying. Uppity. Bite-able. They could at least bring youContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Bring a Friend to Quarantine”

Resting in Place with Malti: Letting the Grass Grow

You don’t have to be bipedal with a big (and frankly, top-heavy) brain to figure out that sometimes it is good to go slow and let the grass grow under your feet. It is smart to stop and smell the roses (or the hibiscus, or the dandelion greens). It is wise to notice how anyContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Letting the Grass Grow”

Resting in Place with Malti: Slow and Steady

Hailing from the most ancient and enduring of species can give you a perspective younger life forms clearly lack. From your unique vantage point, you can see how the temporary ebbs and flows of life can sometimes send hot (oh so hot) molten lava spewing out, only to turn around and cover the whole worldContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Slow and Steady”

Resting in Place with Malti: Me and My MommyGuard

You don’t have to be out of your small round white escape pod for very long before it becomes clear that the planet can be a dangerous place. Predators both enormous and infinitesimal are roaming about night and day, and no matter where you go and who you meet, everyone looks hungry. You would justContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Me and My MommyGuard”

Resting in Place with Malti: Moving the Brick

In the world of the large shell-less beings, when someone is facing a big obstacle, there is such a thing as “raising the bar.” Taking it to the next level. Bringing your “A” game. Being in it to win it. Upping the ante (whatever an “ante” is). Of course, this is easier when your opponentContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Moving the Brick”

Resting in Place with Malti: Bask Your Troubles Away

Being born with a shell on your back can look like being born on easy street….and for good reason. Winded after a long hike? You can be enjoying all the comforts of home in the time it takes to sit down. No worries about getting lost, either – not when true north sits right aboveContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Bask Your Troubles Away”

Resting in Place with Malti: Accessorizing with Hibiscus

After you have been resting in place for some time, it can be easy to let certain aspects of personal appearance, well…..go. In other words, if you keep bathing, you do it because you love it, not because those around you demand it. But sometimes it can also feel good to get decked out, justContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Accessorizing with Hibiscus”

Resting in Place with Malti: Redecorating with Watercress

After an extended period of time resting in place, you might understandably begin to get tired of the same ol’, same ol’. Same scenery. Same household furnishings. Same art. Same flock mates (SIGH). This is always the right time to bust out your “inner redecorator.” You might not think you have an inner redecorator. WhileContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Redecorating with Watercress”

Resting in Place with Malti: A Basking Redfoot Tortoise

Learning how to rest in place with ease is harder than it looks. Would you believe some beings actually get, well, restless after they’ve been sitting still for some time? When you see this, it is a dead giveaway you are looking at an amateur rester (a technical term). Serious professional resters who are inContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: A Basking Redfoot Tortoise”

Resting in Place with Malti: Redfoot Tortoise Munches Clover

When you rest in place for a long enough period of time, you might notice you are feeling peckish….or even developing cravings. (Although frankly, spend long enough cooped up with only your over-solicitous large shell-less mama and your small shrieking feathery brother for company and cravings will be the least of your worries.) Even so,Continue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Redfoot Tortoise Munches Clover”

Resting in Place with Malti: Redfoot Tortoise Eats a Carrot

In times when big, long, hard to pronounce (not to mention hard to spell) words that start with letters like “P” and “C” are suddenly added to nearly every sentence, it can be hard to slow down. To simply stop, even. To settle in. Get comfortable. Take a load off. Take a rest. There areContinue reading “Resting in Place with Malti: Redfoot Tortoise Eats a Carrot”

Craving Comfort and Cuteness? Pearl, Malti and Bruce to the Rescue!

Boy has this last collection of days felt strange. Some of us are feeling too much togetherness. Others of us are feeling too much aloneness. All of us are feeling too much anxiousness, which also means too little comfort. Luckily, our little flock happens to know an easy way to get a lot more ofContinue reading “Craving Comfort and Cuteness? Pearl, Malti and Bruce to the Rescue!”

Redfoot Tortoise Diet: Calcium, Phosphorus, Oxalates and More

The large shell-less assistant here…. When Malti first joined our little flock as a five-week-old hatchling redfoot tortoise, my approach to her feeding and care was basically the wrong approach. I had the initial thought – “Well, how hard could it be? I kept water turtles as a child and they were all really healthy!”Continue reading “Redfoot Tortoise Diet: Calcium, Phosphorus, Oxalates and More”

Redfoot Tortoise Gets Shell Scratches

Growing up can be itchy business. While many other beings may not look at your redfoot tortoise shell and see a living organism, you know differently. Your keratin-covered, bony shell, which is attached to your spinal column and skeleton, is literally what holds you up. When it grows, you grow….whether you were particularly wanting toContinue reading “Redfoot Tortoise Gets Shell Scratches”

Redfoot Tortoise Chomps Whole Living Lettuce

Out in the big wild world, it’s always lunchtime somewhere. The only question is, which side of the lunch plate will you be on? In other words, when there are only two options on the menu, “eat or get eaten,” you want to make sure you are the one doing the eating. Like so.

Redfoot Tortoise Makes an Epic Mud Wallow

Everyone loves the tropics. The sun, the warmth, the lush green – it looks as good as it feels and feels as good as it looks. And yet there are parts of living the tropical life that don’t get their fair share of praise. Take mud, for instance. It is so refreshing. So restorative. SoContinue reading “Redfoot Tortoise Makes an Epic Mud Wallow”

Redfoot Tortoise Destroys Zucchini Plant

In our little flock, we have a saying. Plant it and she will come. And then she will eat it. And then it will be no more. So I guess the saying is more like a poem. Or a requiem. Zucchini plant, you will be missed. Especially by a certain redfooted someone.

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