BRYAN’S ADVENTURE

Bryan, the Angulate Tortoise, has lived in our garden for over four years now. We leave him to his own devices as there is plenty of food and water for him to help himself, and enjoy our irregular sightings of him wandering around the garden. “As slow as a tortoise” doesn’t apply to him for he can actually dart across the lawn at considerable speed! He generally hides in the shade of the rosemary bush, a daisy bush, or in the shrubbery during the heat of the day and scurries out to get water or to eat before disappearing again, leaving only the sound of rustling dry leaves in his wake.

Over the years he has traversed not only our garden – managing to avoid falling into our swimming pool – but that of our neighbours too. He makes himself at home in either the one garden or the other and determinedly returns to whichever one he feels most comfortable in at the time – even when picked up and returned to where it is thought he ought to be. So it is that we never worry when we haven’t seen him for some time, knowing that he is probably either under cover or visiting the neighbours.

That is until the other day when he ventured further than ever before: our neighbour happened to arrive home as Bryan was about to disappear into the verge over the road! Somehow he had got out of the gate and allowed his curiosity to take him to pastures new. He was unceremoniously picked up and brought ‘home’ – where we have spotted him on a couple of occasions since.

Now Bryan is a creature of the wild, rather than a house pet. Regular readers might remember he was rescued from a person who wished to eat him. Of course he is free to go and the time is bound to come when he will simply disappear. Nonetheless, I am relieved that this particular adventure was interrupted for the road he was heading for carries a lot of fast traffic and he wouldn’t stand much of a chance of crossing it.

 

13 thoughts on “BRYAN’S ADVENTURE

  1. I have a cousin who absolutely loves them. He has rescued several from being dinner. But this past week I nearly ran over a friend garden tortoise. I didn’t know he had access to the front garden also and really did not see him. Fortunately, no harm was done, but I felt absolutely terrible.

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    • That is easy enough to do – glad all ended well. Isn’t it awful to think that people actually want to eat these creatures! Bryan was rescued when someone asked my husband for a knife because he wanted to gouge out the meat to eat. He was given some money instead, which is how Bryan came to live in our garden.

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  2. Lucky Brian to live such an adventurous life! He reminds me of our tortoise, imaginatively named Terry, who had a passion for strawberries – whenever he went AWOL we shame-facedly knocked on neighbours’ doors, neighbours we knew grew strawberries…

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