This is most likely my most random post ever. Completely unrelated to hair but I just had to share the good news. I have an African Spurred Tortoise! Let me clarify....my tortoise has returned to me! Or should I say, "I think my tortoise has returned." You may be a little confused so let me explain further...
It all goes back to 3 or 4 years ago when my father, out of now where says he has a surprise for me and hands me a tiny baby turtle. At the time, the tortoise was small enough to fit in the palm of my hand and weighed only a few ounces. When I got it home, I felt like it was totally out of place in my home so I tried to build and outdoor enclosure for it. My lack of experience with tortoise enclosures turned out to be a recipe for disaster for the little guy. After two weeks or so of safely living in my home, I place him outside in his makeshift enclosure and, within 2 hours, my tortoise was gone.
My husband and I discussed several scenarios of the possible fate suffered by the baby tortoise including, him being eaten by a hawk or garden snake. Other theories came to mind but we were stumped as to what happened. Fast forward four years and we have new neighbors move in. It wasn't until they were good and settled when my husband noticed that the neighbors had, in their back yard, a giant tortoise that could easily weigh over a hundred pounds! This, of course, brought back the memories of the baby tortoise we once had. He and I always joked that this tiny baby animal could possibly out live us and could weight over 200 lbs one day.
Then my rational mind came to play and I realized that this could very well be a tortoise that escaped from the yard of my neighbor only a couple of homes down. Is it possible that they have a slew of tortoises over there that we haven't noticed? But to be honest, I think his size probably correlates with the amount of time my baby tortoise has been gone. He's probably around the size of a football. The neighbor's tortoise is at least 20 times the size of this one and we've eyed their backyard enough to have noticed other tortoises if they had any. Who knows?! Either way, I'm celebrating as if my long lost tortoise has miraculously returned to me.
I apologize for the randomness but who knows, maybe I'll be inspired to write a post titled "10 healthy hair tips I learned from owning a tortoise." Hey......anything can happen.