TUFF'S STORY

ALDABRAMAN

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On 04-16-2011 the second aldabra hatched out from a clutch of twelve with out any type of issues. When removed from the incubator and during his first soaking we noticed that about the last 1/3 of his plastron was open/split exposing his insides. At this time the exposed internals seemed substantial giving us grave concerns that he was so compromised that he would not survive. We segregated him from the rest of his clutch mates to minimize his stress and monitor his condition more closely. We continued the same protocols as with all other hatchlings. He appeared alert, active, and seemed to have a healthy appetite. Over the next several weeks the majority of his open/split plastron did fuse together, however the last small section remained open exposing his personal organ. At the direction of our vet we continued the same protocols as any other hatchling with the exception of keeping him cleaner hoping his condition would self improve or at least continue to be manageable. He continued to grow other than his open/split section on his plastron not fusing. After about four months he seemed to be doing great in every way, other than his personal organ not being properly placed within his tail area and constantly being exposed. We soaked him often in efforts to help keep him clean and as sanitary as possible. The first day we released him from his protective pen he was strong and full of energy. He explored and navigated the entire new area with full throttle. After several hours he ended up next to the top portion of his old pen that was positioned up against the fence. He was so determined to climb up and onto that top portion, his efforts were so relentless, my thoughts were that this little guy is exceedingly tough. Well, after watching him for most of that day, his obvious will to never give up we decided to name him Tuff. After that day he has exceeded our expectations in many ways, never showing any signs of complications or issues. He basically thrived and continued to grow perfectly, other than his exposed organ and open/split plastron. He is smaller than we normally see for his age at our program, however we do not expect any further complications and that he should fully have a normal healthy life. He has been such a blessing, he seems to always be happy and enjoys his life so much. Tuff will be two years old next month!






















 

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Nice sharing. I have read that Tuff has some problem after hatched, but not really sure what happened.

I'm glad he's doing very well now and the name suits him right :)
 

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YA for Tuff. Almost the big 2. I can't believe it's been that long already. Thanks for showing is imperfection. It's not as bad as I had imagined. He sure does live up to his name:D HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY TUFF XO
 

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Great story! Brought tears to my eyes!!!
Happy Birthday sweet Tuff!! :)
 

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Thanks for posting Greg, I always wondered about that little guy! Is one of those pics a comparison of age same, but size difference?
Nay
 

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Wow! What a story. Tortoises are really resilient and good job with Tuff!
 

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Hey Greg, Thanks for posting the full story about that little guy. I have never heard the whole story and appreciate you telling it. As you know he is without a doubt my personal favorite tortoise. I would imagine that little guy needs to stay a little extra hydrated so that area doesnt dry out
 

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Go Tuff!! Happy Birthday!!!! You are amazing Greg!! Its so wonderful how you took such good care of him.
 

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Reptiles are the tuffest animals on earth that's why we love them
 

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