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Reclusive visitor

We’ve had rain, and the rocks in my back yard path are a bit slippery. But not slimy with weed, so this rock caught my eye.

And then I saw that it had back legs. A tortoise; but was it digging in or out? Right next to a cement slab didn’t seem a smart choice either way.

Of course I ran for the camera, hoping it would still be there. I tiptoed around the front of it and knelt down. The small head with that distinctive pointy nose turned slightly towards me and one bright beady eye summed me up.

‘Better retreat’ was the decision. Not wanting to disturb its plans, I left it alone, but it was nowhere to be seen later. From the weed on its shell I suspect it had walked up from the wetlands below the yard.

I hope it found a suitable spot in my yard… and felt safe. Maybe I need a sign ‘All wildlife welcome’?

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Sharyn Munro November 8, 2017 at 9:25 pm

Bravo Tortoise -rescuer Helen!

Helen Proud November 8, 2017 at 4:24 pm

Yes they are everywhere about at the moment now the rain has come. I rescue some off my busy (country) road often. They don’t seem to mind to be relocated nearby – well certainly off the road. I had to stop a truck once.

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