Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Fences

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A baby Malti head-butts the hated fence straight-on.

There is no easy way to say this. Tortoises hate fences.

They hate them so much that even if there is a football field’s worth of open roaming space on “their” side of the fence, if they see a fence, they will spend every ounce of energy they have trying to break through it.

If Malti is any kind of representative example, no effort is too great to escape to the other side of a fence.

Climbing the fence can work, if the fence has foot-holds.

If not, head-butting it is a solid and respectable choice.

Temporary fences can often be knocked over or simply lifted up, making passage underneath fast and easy.

If the temporary fence is only so long, finding the edges can mean a quick getaway to the other side just by walking around it.

Malti, triumphant, discovers the edge of the temporary fence and strolls around it to the other side (which, for the record, was exactly the same as the side she was on!).

P.S. Malti is now more than three years old, and to date I haven’t noticed her dislike of fences abating even a tiny bit…..

And remember…..

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Published by Shannon Cutts

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

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