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Day 339: Herman finds a new hiding spot

As often happens with plants, even fake ones, the giant leaves next to Herman’s pond had started to droop. The result was that Herman now had a perfect view of the food bowl while remaining hidden. The guardian briefly considered fixing it, but she didn’t want to spoil his fun.

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mangomusings:

Mom took us to the pumpkin patch today. They were like big, orange mountains with crazy vines growing out of them. They were kind of scary.

Don’t let those big pumpkins scare you, Mango! One day Waffles will be that big.

Source: mangomusings
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Day 336: The barren pond

When Herman woke up, he woke up to an empty food bowl. It was tough, but he tried not to let it get him down. Today, though, he found it very difficult to keep his spirits up. Not only was his food bowl empty, but the pond had been drained dry. No food and no water! He was so distraught that he sat in the barren pond until the guardian woke up and filled it. So great was his relief at having the pond replenished that he waited until breakfast was served to leave.

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Day 328: Mr. Grumpy

Herman understood that the guardian would continue to make little changes until she felt comfortable with the arrangement of things in his new home, but he didn’t have to like it.

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Day 327: Herman inspects the pond

After two weeks of changing Herman’s pond water daily (despite the fact that he not only ignored it, but actively seemed to avoid it), the guardian became quite pleased when she saw him climbing the ramp. She was quickly disappointed, however, when it became clear that Herman was just looking for breakfast and thought it might be hiding in the pond.

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Day 325: A lesson about the internet

As Herman’s grazing time outside dwindled, the guardian was once again scanning the produce section for new, but healthy things for Herman to eat. She’d been following startortoise, whose beautiful Indian star tortoises loved the okra (AKA lady fingers) they got once a week. So, when she found some in the grocery store she bought a few to see if Herman would eat them. He loved them. Which immediately made the guardian suspicious. A quick check on The Tortoise Table’s plant database confirmed that okra was not, in fact, an approved food for Hermann’s tortoises. She thought that from now on she’d check the database first, before feeding Herman something she’d seen being fed to other species of tortoises.

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Day 324: Herman unlocks an achievement

After months of tremendous effort, Herman finally managed to reach the lip of his plastic bath tub. He wasn’t there for long and he wasn’t able to do it again that day, but he proved he could do it, and that was all the encouragement he needed to keep trying to escape.

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Day 320: Herman gets a trim

Herman was not happy. He was not happy at all. The morning had started off well enough, with a nice bath and some yummy dandelion greens. But then the unthinkable happened. Finding that she had a bit of extra time before work, the guardian decided to trim his nails. She grabbed each leg, one at a time, and snip! snip! snip! snip! Before he had a chance to process what was going on, it was done. If he was being honest, it wasn’t a completely horrible experience, but he didn’t want her to know that. So he gave her a very long, very grumpy stare to discourage her from doing it again.

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Day 319: Herman explores

It took him a week, but Herman decided to explore his new home. It had occurred to him that he might find other possible hiding spots if he looked around a bit more, and a tortoise couldn’t have too many places to hide. His favourite spot so far was in the shadow of the red geranium plant because it had the least amount of light. It meant napping without Little Pig during the day, but some sacrifices had to be made.

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Day 318: Hildy returns

Something that the guardian hoped to fix in the new tortoise table were the reflections that Herman could see in the glass of his old vivarium. What she had forgotten, unfortunately, was that clear acrylic was highly reflective. Seeing his old friend, Hildy, didn’t seem to bother Herman, though, so the guardian decided not to worry about it.