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SO's Incredible Adventure

Discussion in 'Aldabra tortoises' started by Yvonne G, Aug 31, 2014.

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  1. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Big tortoises CAN back up, but they don't usually. They just bulldoze their way through or over something that is in their way.

    So I was saying good-bye to a young couple who had just come over to drop off a pair of 3-toe box turtles and we were at the fence to the Aldabran pen. I was showing them BO, who was right in front of us, but I said I guess SO is in the shed. But the guy says, no there's another one over there at the stump. I had to run into the house to get my camera. This is too good to miss. He's got the 4x4 dislodged from its mooring and the 2x4 has pulled away. The pickets at the 4x4 are no longer attached. I had to grab his carapace behind his head and manhandle him back away from the stump. Once he was down, it was business as usual and he went on his merry way looking for food.

    Thank goodness this happened when I was home and able to fix the fence. There's no way I would be able to get that giant into my P/U truck if he had made it down to the street.

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  2. ALDABRAMAN

    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    Great pictures, send them down South! :rolleyes:
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  3. Yvonne G

    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    Yikes! Can you imagine the shipping $$$? SO is over 200lbs and BO is about 180lbs. But I think Kelly has first dibs.
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    If you would just quit building fences in his way there wouldn't be a problem :) :) :)
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    Great shots! I can't believe you are able to man handle him! Thank goodness fir that. He is a cow! :)
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    - I can pick Kelly up on the way, LOL.

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    leigti Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    What yummy treat do you use to bribe them to get in that thing?
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    - Usually good old fashion man power! :cool:
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member Tortoise Club

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    Wow, looks so big from the last pic I remember seeing. Better keep whatever the fave is for some bribing should the unthinkable ever happen. So glad it all turned out okay and even made for a great pic.
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    Awesome pictures :)
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    He looks so proud, lol.
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    I bet that had been a plan long in the making....lol...then a slip happened and all went downhill.....
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    The last photo is priceless. Umm, could you please put down that camera and help me get this fence out of the way?
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    Had no idea you had Aldabras, Yvonne. Rescues??


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    Hey Yvonne, has he ever tried to be "friends" with that stump before?...bow chick a bow wow....:D
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Tortoise Club

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    No. Both of them discovered their "stuff" a couple of summers ago. They played a bit with it on and off for several weeks, now they just leave it alone. Thank goodness they aren't over-sexed like the little Russians are.

    I got BO and SO when they were just a couple months old in 2000. They are now 14 years old. They've lived in that yard their whole lives, so they are completely happy to be in there and really don't know there's a world outside their fence. They came from a pet store in NY. They are both male and I don't think they are related. Last summer my partner, Will, had tried to broker a male for female type trade or breeding loan with Bob Thomas, but we could never get together with him on it.
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    Yvonne you are super woman! Thats one big tortoise to be moving all by yourself . Aldabraman pick me up too . I'm in Houston I'll split gas cost with you .haha
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    ALDABRAMAN KEEPER AT HEART 5 Year Member

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    - Great idea, Kelly and i might need someone to help drive! :cool:
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    mike taylor Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Well what time you gonna pick us up? Haha
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    How many men?

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