This is Torti, a Mountain Tortoise (or Leopard tortoise (Geochelone pardalis) rescued from the pot and certain death and spending the winter with me until I can find a safe haven for her this coming summer, probably at one of the Game Reserves situated nearby.
Here in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa, where I live on an 8,5ha smallholding, we are still blessed with many little animals passing through our properties – tortoises, hedgehogs, snakes, guinea fowl, partridges, jackal, small buck, snakes and many more. Unfortunately they are all at risk of being caught in traps by locals either looking to eat them or sell them at the road side. Another risk is the many veld fires we have during winter, which claims the lives of many of these little creatures, especially the slow-moving like tortoises.
Here Torti is enjoying a lunch of chopped celery, carrots, baby marrows, apples, a little lettuce, a bit of chicken and chopped leaves from the Echeveria, which she loves. She also favours Dandelions, which I leave to grow wild in the garden.
Camera : FujiFinepix 2800Zoom