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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4425 on: April 05, 2020, 05:09:44 PM »
I seem to recall reading somewhere that animal charities say that Tortoises (Tortoii ?) should be put in your will because of their long life expectancy.

It's a grand age though, not entirely sure how fulfilling it is but hey, he may think he's livin' the dream!

Good on him...

...or her.

Does he/she/it have a name?
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4426 on: April 05, 2020, 07:34:23 PM »
There is a bit of gender dysphoria going on. When found, it was thought to be male (they are sometimes quite difficult to tell apart) and named Frederick. Some time later, it was found to be female and renamed Frederika, but is generally just referred to as Freddie. Although now known to be female, the male "he" has stuck after years of use.

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4427 on: April 05, 2020, 07:58:27 PM »
He/She looks to be a fine specimen.
We’ve got two Hermans tortoises, Capel  and Dewi, who are mere youngsters  (at 24 years old).
Ours woke up about a month ago after just over three months in hibernation.
People think tortoises are slow but they can be surprisingly quick when they want to and provided  they are warm (being cold blooded creatures  they are very slow when they are cold).

If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4428 on: April 05, 2020, 08:09:47 PM »
He/She looks to be a fine specimen.
We’ve got two Hermans tortoises, Capel  and Dewi, who are mere youngsters  (at 24 years old).
Ours woke up about a month ago after just over three months in hibernation.
People think tortoises are slow but they can be surprisingly quick when they want to and provided  they are warm (being cold blooded creatures  they are very slow when they are cold).

Capel and Dewi.  I visited Bristol's former Barrow Rd shed (ex-LMS) a few times in 1964/early 65. On one occasion when I ventured down the staircase from the roadbridge to take numbers, there was a Modified Hall class...Capel Dewi Hall!

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4429 on: April 05, 2020, 09:11:55 PM »
People think tortoises are slow but they can be surprisingly quick when they want to

Important at this time of year when they might easily be mistaken for Easter eggs by hoards of enthusiastic young hunters ;)

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4430 on: April 05, 2020, 09:34:07 PM »
Not so sure he/she has got much to worry about this year, but hey, this is the happy thread, so I'll look at that from Freddie's perspective!  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4431 on: April 05, 2020, 09:57:49 PM »
He/She looks to be a fine specimen.
We’ve got two Hermans tortoises, Capel  and Dewi, who are mere youngsters  (at 24 years old).
Ours woke up about a month ago after just over three months in hibernation.
People think tortoises are slow but they can be surprisingly quick when they want to and provided  they are warm (being cold blooded creatures  they are very slow when they are cold).

Capel and Dewi.  I visited Bristol's former Barrow Rd shed (ex-LMS) a few times in 1964/early 65. On one occasion when I ventured down the staircase from the roadbridge to take numbers, there was a Modified Hall class...Capel Dewi Hall!

6999. It was my favourite engine when aged 10 or 11. Saw it lots as it was shedded at Westbury.
Hence the names of my tortoises.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4432 on: April 05, 2020, 11:55:29 PM »
He/She looks to be a fine specimen.
We’ve got two Hermans tortoises, Capel  and Dewi, who are mere youngsters  (at 24 years old).
Ours woke up about a month ago after just over three months in hibernation.
People think tortoises are slow but they can be surprisingly quick when they want to and provided  they are warm (being cold blooded creatures  they are very slow when they are cold).

Three months! Maybe it's Freddie's age, but it is always a good 6 months! Around the end of September, beginning of October, we start putting "him" into his box overnight, until he burrows down into the straw - which usually happens within a week. Past experience has shown, that if we don't do that at that time, he burrows into the ground and then you have the problem of finding out where and carefully digging him out. As the weather warms in March, we start listening and taking the odd look into the box, until he's come back up to the top  (or is trying to dig through the side of the box).

Indeed, they can move faster than people expect. Ours is particularly good at short-term weather prediction. If you can see him on the grass and a minute later, he's moved fast and vanished, you'd better get the washing in, because it'll start raining in a couple of minutes.

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4433 on: April 06, 2020, 12:00:45 AM »
How cool is that.  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4434 on: April 06, 2020, 09:53:10 AM »
I had two as a child, but the little male did a runner when the dustmen left the side gate open. The female was much larger, about the size of the one in the photo. We had a “kennel “ for them in the garden, so if we hadn’t seen them for a few days we brought it into the conservatory. In the spring, they bashed their shells against the wooden sides to let us know they wanted out.
However, a friend of mine had a tortoise that didn’t hibernate, which I found strange. Apparently they only hibernate if the weather cools down and food is scarce.
The years have been good to me, it was the weekends that did the damage.

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4435 on: April 06, 2020, 10:03:37 AM »
Yes, some people keep them indoors or bring them in for the winter and they never hibernate. In the wild, many live in places that never get cold enough for them to hibernate, which raises the question of why they developed the ability to.

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4436 on: April 06, 2020, 10:30:33 AM »
Yes, some people keep them indoors or bring them in for the winter and they never hibernate. In the wild, many live in places that never get cold enough for them to hibernate, which raises the question of why they developed the ability to.
As a general rule Mediterranean tortoises hibernate naturally whilst most Tropical tortoise species do not hibernate naturally.
As I understand it Mediterranean torts will be ok not hibernating (especially if kept indoors) but their health is overall better if allowed to hibernate as you are replicating their natural lifestyle.
We weigh ours prior to hibernation to ensure they have put on sufficient weight over the Summer (if not they may not survive hibernation),
It’s also important not to feed them for 3 weeks or so before hibernation as their system need to be empty (else undigested food will rot inside them as their digestive systems slow down).
What always amazes me is that ours wake up and immediately they’re almost saying “right then, where’s our food?”

Ok, I’ll go and find a tortoise forum now  :D

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4437 on: April 06, 2020, 10:33:24 AM »
Our tortoise Tim lived in the garden and Dad had drilled a very small hole in the rear edge of his shell so he could attach a long length of fishing line, the other end attached to a spike he pushed into the ground. This limited Tim’s range, mainly to stop him eating all the salad vegetables like lettuce, but he had a broad expanse of lawn to wander over. I think Tim had been bought before I was born and was so used to his tether that he would rarely even try to test to its limit.
He was spoilt rotten, was quietly ignored by our cats, and feasted royally on all we put out for him, showing his satisfaction with occasional white droppings across the grass.
In winter we placed him in a straw insulated cardboard box in the brick built outhouse to the rear of the garage to hibernate.
One year he just didn’t wake up.😭
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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4438 on: April 06, 2020, 10:50:29 AM »
What always amazes me is that ours wake up and immediately they’re almost saying “right then, where’s our food?”

Ours generally nibbles a little on the first day, but isn't very interested in food. What always gets me is that as he moves, you can hear the creaks of joints and skin that hasn't moved for months. That usually takes a couple of days to go. Then everything is back to normal.

I do wonder how they survive in the wild, as they are the stupidest animals, getting themselves stuck all over the place by forcing their way into places they don't fit or climbing over something and falling into a gap they can't get out of. Last year ours was missing for a week and was found on its side, wedged in the narrow gap between the shed base and the fence gravel board.

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Re: Happy thread
« Reply #4439 on: April 07, 2020, 08:46:06 PM »
I am enjoying one of those times when you seem to get on a roll with modelling at the moment.

My NGS shark has progressed to needing a few more decals (sorry for all those on the Facebook page who are sick of seeing it) and then there are these.



50% (one side) of the main ARC branding is now applied to this rake, after doing only 2 in 6 months or so.

Hope my mojo stays with me, one of the few rays of light in these grim times

Best to all

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