Thursday, March 27, 2008

Tortoises Feeding

Several of you have asked how Topsy is doing. She has been home from the vet for a week now and is doing well.
I have been giving her a nice warm bath everyday and hand feeding her (well it's more force feeding as I have to physically open her mouth and make sure the peas are pushed right to the back of her throat so that she swallows them). She is fairly cooperative and has not been retracting her head which has made it a lot easier for me.
My mother took these last two photos and they are not really in focus~ but I guess you get the idea!
They are really pleased to be getting the sun and they all gravitate to one place!
This video may be a little disjointed as I've not really got the hang of editing! You will see that Tom keeps muscling in when the ladies are eating. I don't know what was wrong with blogger as it uploaded the video but then didn't finish the process. I left it on overnight and I've even got up at the crack of dawn to check~ no luck damn it~ so I've done it through You tube instead lets hope this works! The angle might look odd on the last part as I was filming from above.


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26 Comments:

At 27/3/08 09:30, Blogger Beccy said...

Tom is such a brute, I can still remember the pain and the blood when he bit my finger.

And where are his manners, sticking his butt into lunch!

 
At 27/3/08 11:46, Blogger ChrisB said...

beccy what about when he bit my toe!

 
At 27/3/08 12:52, Anonymous nikki said...

They are real!! I believe you!

 
At 27/3/08 13:11, Blogger Sandy said...

Thank you so much for these pictures. The tortoises just intrigue me.

 
At 27/3/08 13:15, Blogger ChrisB said...

nikki and sandy did the video load for you??

 
At 27/3/08 13:24, Blogger laurie said...

there are few people on this Earth who would be this kind to a tortoise. you're remarkable, chris!

and i have that same trouble with blogger videos about half the time.

 
At 27/3/08 13:39, Anonymous swampy said...

Amazing ! Is it true that some species of turtles, when the bite you, won't let go until it thunders? Just wondering.

 
At 27/3/08 14:49, Blogger ChrisB said...

swampy I haven't heard that one!!

 
At 27/3/08 15:00, Blogger Anvilcloud said...

There must have been a time in your life when you could not have conceived that you'd ever hand-feed a tortoise.

 
At 27/3/08 15:03, Blogger Kaytabug said...

LOVED the photos and the video!! I miss the 3 toed box turtle we had. Boo hoo. Previously I thought they were MUCH bigger than they really are.

 
At 27/3/08 15:08, Blogger ChrisB said...

AC most people probably think I'm mad devoting so much time to them but now I'm retired I have no excuses!

kaytabug they are really quite small when you compare them to the giant tortoises.

 
At 27/3/08 16:21, Blogger Betty said...

Very interesting. I never knew anyone who had a tortoise for a pet.

Thank you for visiting me recently and leaving a comment.

 
At 27/3/08 17:59, Blogger john.g. said...

Chris, that's rip-roaring action! LOL.

Swampy, I think the turtles you refer to are called Snappers.

 
At 28/3/08 04:06, Blogger lisa marie said...

I have fallen in love with Topsy. :) I guess it could be hard to force feed a tortoise. I mean, really she could just clam up on you. Go Topsy GO! :)

 
At 28/3/08 05:09, Blogger Kila said...

Had to laugh at the photo of you feeding him the peas!

Ah, to lay in the sun all day, that's the life!

 
At 28/3/08 07:47, Blogger bermudabluez said...

Thanks for the tip in my mail, Chris! This video is fascinating....for those of us who have never had the chance to watch tortoise feeding before! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!! Cute little critters!!

 
At 28/3/08 09:34, Blogger wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

Just catching up. Your Wednesday post made me chuckle. And aren't you a dedicated tortoise owner!

 
At 28/3/08 12:03, Blogger Rose said...

It was nice to meet Topsy. (what a great name.) I'm glad she is doing well.

 
At 28/3/08 14:35, Blogger Deborah said...

Glad Topsy is feeling better. Ella was here with me watching the video, she is fascinated and even remembered the egg laying video from last year! ;-) Now I'm off to google the difference between turtles and tortoises! Sigh! ;-)

 
At 28/3/08 16:24, Blogger Sam said...

Forcing a little mouth open. Peas. Doesn't that remind you of something else?

 
At 28/3/08 16:38, Blogger ChrisB said...

sam LOl it does now you've reminded me; although I don't think I ever physically forced you did I??

deborah, I'm glad Ella remembered the other video, I love it when the children enjoy them.

 
At 28/3/08 16:40, Blogger Jettie said...

I was wondering how She was doing!
glad to hear doing better! and I never can get blogger video to work either!! oohh I added what I made with the other door too!! I can't wait to see your projects!!

 
At 28/3/08 20:10, Blogger Jennie said...

It's so good to see Topsy looking a little better. I hope she is soon eating by herself.
I loved watching them eating!

 
At 29/3/08 02:56, Anonymous Karmyn R said...

I think you are such a good Tortoise-Mama! These guys just fascinate me.

 
At 29/3/08 06:56, Blogger Pamela said...

I thought the same as Kila... Oh to just lie in the sun, and let Chris B feed me peas. Giggle.

What a hoot, especially hearing the paper and wondering forever what that noise was. Finally Tom moves into the video.

 
At 31/3/08 01:40, Anonymous elena jane said...

ahh, these were great! my kids liked watching the video too :)

 

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