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April 14, 2011

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Aslan, the Pet of the Day
Name: Aslan
Age: 46 years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Redfooted Tortoise
Home: Minnesota, USA
   Aslan is our Red-footed Tortoise, and he's an older gent - he is already 46 years old. The books say they can live to 50 and some say even beyond, and he seems no different than he did two years ago, so we hope he is still with us for a long time, and proves those books right. We have only owned him for two years - we adopted him from a family that could not longer care for him.

    Unlike some tortoises, his kind do not hibernate, so of course he lives inside, especially as we live in Minnesota. He loves strawberries, cantalope, and grapes and prefers Spring Mix to any other greens, and gets his tortoise food. And he occassionally enjoys a small amount of ground turkey. Redfooted Tortoises are one of the few tortoises that also need protien so they are actually omnivores, not herbivores like other tortoises.

    Aslan is special because he enjoys walking around the house. When he wants a strawberry or other special treat he rams into the fridge until we give him a treat. So while he may not be able to bark like a dog, or meow like a cat, he certainly can communicate! That thumping can be quite loud, and gets results every time, so I guess he has us well trained. He loves to go outside in the summer and rummage around the yard (with supervision of course). And he loves having warm baths every week - in fact he will often blow bubbles under the water to entertain himself! He is quite a quirky dude and we love him tons!

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