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When you are lucky enough to be born a tortoise, “cuteness” can be very useful for getting your large shell-less assistant’s attention.
Do something ridiculously easy that she thinks you could never do and voila – the world is your oyster (or your freeze-dried mealworm, preferably).
Of course, this can backfire if you do too many amazing things in a row, expecting treats after each one.
After all, in the world of the large shell-less beings, they (inexplicably) get excited when the numbers on the scale go down, not up.
So in order to maximize the number of treats each “miracle” produces, you want to space them out appropriately. Here, think days, not hours.
Otherwise, this is what will happen to you – lots of amazement, zero treats.
But even though she finishes up by walking directly towards the big white cold box where her treats are kept, her scale-conscious mommy clearly hasn’t forgotten about the last batch of treats that were doled out.
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