Nearly Wordless Wednesday: Happy Tortoise Day!

I thought it was time that I share with the world the reason that Wednesdays are nearly wordless.  This is for Gilly, who never fails to wish me a Happy Tortoise Day. Here’s insight into the secret life I lead. On Wednesdays, I volunteer in the reptile department of my zoo. I soak feces from endangered species. Truly, I am living the dream. Here are some of my favorites.

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Cape speckled tortoise, also known as a Padloper. The smallest tortoise species. It is also one of the prettiest.

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Pyxis arachnoides. A sub-species of spider tortoise from Madagascar. And it’s dinner time. I don’t feed. I deal with the aftermath. Professor of Poop, that’s me.

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Manouria impressa. The prettiest baby I have ever seen. This one is about the size of an oreo cookie. But don’t eat it. It’s sharp!

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My boss holding one of the baby Aldabras. That was 4 years ago. The tortoise is now five times this size.

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Eventually that baby tortoise will grow into one of these. Hey, Tex, you’ve got something on your face. It’s hardly noticeable.

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Chow time! Don’t feel sorry for the little guy. He may be outweighed by several hundred pounds, but he gives as good as he gets.

Happy Tortoise Day! May all your poop-soaking dreams come true in the new year.