Monday, April 04, 2005
  meet the new family hockey puck
here is my new tortoise. it's a baby redfoot, bought at underground reptiles in deerfield beach. if you're local, btw, check out that store. it's like a zoo. and isn't depressing, except for those big-ass alligators in the "pond."

anyway, i didn't wait as long as one probably should when mourning to get another tortoise, but i knew immediately that i would want one. and make sure i did everything right this time. making myself wait just would've made me anxious.

so i forked over the $110 and got this in return:

unfortunately i got no good pics because saturday was ugly out and sunday i was busy all day. no time to take the baby out in the sun for pics!

there were three little babies to choose from. all of them made me think, "beefcake!" when i looked at them. i guess that's just the way hatchling red-foots look. they all also look like little boys, but i doubt they all actually were.

ed was with at the store and was absolutely delighted that the store owner(?) told me red-foots are omnivores. luckily, i can feed it tofu for its protein requirement. and that's optional anyway; lots of literature recommends against it.

he/she is very young, just a few weeks out of the egg. it's still basically egg-shaped, has the remnants of its yolk sac where a belly button would be, and has yet to lose its little egg tooth. i wonder if the tooth fairy makes a visit for egg teeth...

any name suggestions? i'm thinking puck?

this is the new guy not eating well. sigh. maybe i'll buy strawberries. i don't think tortoise can resist strawberries.

my new apt. has a huge planter outside that i'm going to deck out for the tortoise. will post pics when i have 'em!
Yay! S/he is very cute! Puck is a cool name, too. :)
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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