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Work isn't really a hardship, the baby tortoises are too cute for words they sit easily in the palm of your hand and look just like scaled down versions of the truly enormous adults. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are feeding days, they are always hungry and the babies clamber all over each other to get to the food. Quite often they topple off, land on their backs and flounder around for a while waving their legs in the air until you have finished laughing and turn them over. The bigger ones just get in the way and try and knock your wheelbarrow over and stand on your feet which makes feeding a bit hazardous in flip flops. The other days we rake out the corrals, clean the water lagoons and generally maintain the centre, keeping the visitor centre tidy and trimming the hedges, that sort of thing. We have to be careful with the really little ones in case they drown so when filling the water lagoons we have to sit the littlest one in the middle to make sure it´s feet can touch the bottom. Yes really!

Most of the bigger tortoises are grumpy and either ignore you or hiss when you get close (the little ones hiss too but it's more cute than scary) but there is one who likes to be petted and comes looking for you, neck outstretched for a scratch. It's a little tricky as we're not supposed to have much contact with the beasties in front of the tourists but when she's nudging your leg she is hard to ignore!
















Posted by lauraj 10:36 Archived in Ecuador

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Hi we can't wait to see the photos!

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