Sunday, December 09, 2012

The Adventures of Shelly the Tortoise

As I mentioned in a previous post, we've been tortoise sitting for my sister while they were away on vacation. It's been a great time and we really have enjoyed Shelly. Let me give you a little information about Shelly's species. She is an African Spurred Tortoise. She is native to the Sahara desert. Her species is the 3rd largest tortoise in the world. They can grow to be one to two HUNDRED pounds! Right now, Shelly weighs in at a whopping 22 lbs. They can live anywhere from 50 to 150 years. Shelly eats lots of green, leafy veggies and some fruit, but it is not recommended to feed her lots of fruit.

Emily had so much fun with Shelly. Ya see, our little Emily is a lot like Elmyra from the Tiny Toon Adventures. You remember Elmyra, right? She loved animals...they might not have thought the same of her, but she sure loved to hug them and squeeze them, and kiss them all over.  Emily loves to carry around my sister's dogs and they are so patient with her.  Although she was not able to carry around all 22 bulky pounds of Shelly, she followed her around and managed to lay beside her and crawl all around the floor with her.  She really did have a fun time with her.  I know she's going to miss her.

Emily watching Shelly have breakfast.

Shelly enjoying some time in the sun, tranquility, peace and quiet while Emily was away.  ;)

1 comments, add yours here: said...

It is a beautiful thing when you teach your child how to take care of an animal or we can call it pets. This a fun way of teaching them how to love and be responsible for life. So yeah! Such a great thing! :)