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November 4, 2008

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Lucky, the Pet of the Day
Name: Lucky
Age: Eight years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Herman's Tortoise
Home: Slovakia
   My turtle is called Lucky and she's eight years old, she's a testudo hermani in Latin I think - Herman's Tortoise in English. Currently we both live in Slovakia, but her country of origin is Greece.

    Lucky is special because she made few people think that turtles are cute, she can make you change your mind! Lucky doesn't seem to know her name, but she recognizes voices, so she knows when I'm talking to her and when it's my mother, for example.

    Her personality is not so complicated I think. She likes to watch me doing something, when I put her out of the terrarium and I am for example vacuum cleaning, she's near me and is watching. Or when she's sitting on my table, she always watches me typing on the keyboard. This made me laugh so hard when I saw it for the first time!

    She's afraid of storms. Sometimes when the storm outside is really strong, she wakes up in the middle of the night and is trying to "get out of the terrarium" so then I put her out and lay her on my table in front of me and she stares at my fingers (as mentioned above).

    She knows when she's on some high place. When she's sitting on the washing machine and comes to the edge, she always takes few steps back, because she knows it's too high for her, some kind of instinct.

    Lucky knows how the vet clinic smells. She used to pee from fear when we'd entered the room. Now she's grown older and acts calmer.

    One of her favorite activities is taking walks. We moved to house with a garden this year, so I take her for walks during the sunny days in summer. I sit there and read some book, while she is eating all kinds of food. Her favorite one is dandelion leaves and flowers. She simply loves those! She can make me really happy!

    Tortoises in general are not difficult to take care of. Bathing time is once a week or less, and else is just the feeding, twice a day. And she eats all kinds of vegetables and fruits, of course she's a spoiled brat so she chooses. Her favorites are tomatoes, strawberries (all kinds of berries, basically), dandelions, and oranges.

Lucky, the Pet of the Day

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