Malti Explains Redfoot Tortoises: Furred Beings

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Here at Casa Feathers n Beak n Shells, we have always had quite a diverse little flock.

There is Pearl, of course, our 18-year-old “alpha” flock leader.

Then there is Malti, and Bruce, of course.

And then there is Flash Gordon, our two-year-old standard wire-haired dachshund.

There is me, the large featherless, shell-less assistant. And there are the Trees, Pearl & Malti & Bruce’s grandparents and Flash’s parents.

We are one small happy….most of the time. But that doesn’t mean supervision is optional.

In fact, supervision is never optional – and we never take it for granted that the fur and the feathers and the shells will all just “work it out” amongst themselves with no one getting caught in someone else’s crosshairs.

There are good intentions, and then there are animal instincts. I have seen Malti try to bite Bruce’s nose right off his face when he was being too annoying. I have seen Flash make a micro-lunge or two when a flash of …. something small and intriguing …. crossed his line of sight.

These minor oopses have stayed minor oopses, and that is where we plan to keep them. But to do that, we never leave flock members of different species alone together unsupervised.

No one means anyone else harm. But instincts are instincts, and just one unfettered instinct could be devastating. Which means the homo sapiens flocks members are always on high alert, even as we permit the rest of our little interspecies family to meet and greet in a safe, supervised space.

The Small Tree, Flash’s mom and Malti’s grandma, supervises an interaction between a furred and a shelled family member.

And remember…..

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