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RE: Reunion

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Posted by: clifton at Thu Sep 10 09:22:17 2015  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by clifton ]  
   

Yeah, I got them together for a little playdate, to check out their compatibility. As Cheese, the box turtle scampered up to him, Roscoe, the CAWT, took off. Obviously feeling stressed and threatened, Roscoe bolted out of range, actually trying to climb the wall to get out of the (dry) children's pool they were in. Both turtles had been housed separately in this pool at various times, but Roscoe clearly did not appreciate the company. Oddly, when housed in separate containers he responds competitively when Cheese is given food. Won't go near the food if Cheese is visible, but scarfs it down quickly if she is out of sight. There was nothing confrontational about Cheese's approach or posture when she was near Roscoe, just wanting to look at him and interact calmly. Years ago she was very comfortable and used to sit with my little dog, Crackers, nose to nose, bobbing her head contentedly. In fact, their friendship inspired her name. In 2009 after Crackers had died while she was in hibernation, she came up in April and continually waited at the fence around her pen at "their" spot, as if she had missed an appointment. It was sadly touching. This baby is actually quite social.


   

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