Day 364: A Very Relaxed Redfoot

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Relaxation looks simple but it really isn’t.

Plenty of amateurs think all you have to do to relax is drape a leg on something and – voila. Check that off the list.

As if.

These pretenders wouldn’t know real relaxation if they fell into it.

Real relaxation is an art.

First, you want to do something called “setting the mood.”

By creating the coziest, comfiest and most relaxing environment possible, you cut your relaxation workload literally in half up front.

redfoot tortoise relaxing in bath
By setting up a truly relaxing vibe – warm water, low mood lighting, a roomy spa bath – half the work of relaxing is already done for you!

With the outside ambience optimally arranged for total relaxation, all that is left is to relax on the inside.

This is what separates the wannabes from the greats.

You can spot the greats just by looking at them. They are totally relaxed! Every appendage, every limb, from beak to tail tip, appears to be quite literally floating in a calming sea of relaxation.

It is both inspiring and worth aspiring to.

tortoise relaxing in bath
Just look at those appendages. Every part of the master relaxer is on “low alert,” soaking up relaxation from beak to tail tip.


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Published by Shannon Cutts

Animal sensitive and intuitive with Animal Love Languages. Parrot, tortoise and box turtle mama. Dachshund auntie.

5 thoughts on “Day 364: A Very Relaxed Redfoot

  1. Hi Malti! What kinds of food do you like to eat? I just adopted a 2 1/2 year old male Red foot who is very shy, and a bit of a picky eater. He turns his nose up at mixed greens, apples, carrots (cooked), grapes and peppers (sweet), but he loves squash, zucchini and bananas. What else do you think he would like?

    1. Such a great question! Congratulations on your new adopted love! Malti LOVES bananas (along with blueberries – both are akin to “tortoise crack”). She also loves squash and zucchini. Cactus pads and dark leafy greens are good for a foundational diet along with hibiscus leaves and flowers and dandelion leaves when in season. One lesson I had to learn the really hard way with Malti (i.e. after many diets) is that redfoots will eat nearly anything when they are hungry. It is hard to break the habit of feeding daily in free-feed format like we do with many birds and other pet animals. But redfoots are foragers and scavengers and they will eat a lot of anything they find because they don’t know when they will next find food. In captivity they know where to go to get food – US! So try skipping a day (or two) and then offering the foods your baby finds less appealing. Likely he will give them a try. I have made this resource page of Malti’s favs that I hope you might also find helpful – and I’ll be posting more about this important topic here soon as well! I’d love to see pics of your sweetheart too. 🙂

      1. I have a flock similar to yours. 1 male Eclectus (Niko) 1 male Timnah African Grey (Barney) 2 Russian tortoises (Chip and Dale), and now the new Redfoot (As yet to be named). I’ll put some pics in the FB comments section. 🙂

        1. Oh fantastic – I will watch for them! I can’t wait to see your flock! 🙂

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