Probably most you know that I have a tortoise co-pet named Leopolda (Leah for short). Melly tells me Caplin clicked at her, bit at her shell and tried to chase her around the yard, except that she didn’t care. I guess I’m just more easy going than Caplin was because I don’t feel any need to chase Leah. There’s grass enough for everybody, that’s my motto.
You can see how well we get along. Leah doesn’t say much but I think we have a certain camaraderie. She’s a big tortoise and even though she is a “leopard tortoise,” I am not afraid of her. She’s not very leopard like at all. Actually, I can’t think of a single way she is like a leopard. Which is good, leopards are like jaguars and no capybara likes a jaguar.
Another way Leah is not like a leopard is that she is not at all fast. Actually, I take that back. She is a fast eater so that’s one way she’s fast but she is not fast on her feet. I could literally run circles around her if I wanted to and we capybaras are not known for our speed (on land) either.
I think you can see what an easy going capybara I am. I didn’t even get upset when these two tweenage girls, Celeste and Audrey, came over and started feeding Leopolda one of my pieces of corn-on-the-cob. Well, not at first anyway.
I was just as polite as I could be. I came over and put my nose up to the corn, asking nicely if they didn’t remember that that corn was mine and maybe they should, you know, give me some.
Audrey gave me the strangest look, as if she didn’t know it was my corn! Just because I’m willing to share doesn’t mean it isn’t still mine.
Here I am settling in to nicely share the corn with Leah. Maybe I did give her the smaller piece but, hey, it’s my corn isn’t it? My motto is share and share alike, as long as I get more.
One thing Leah and I have in common, aside from a love of corn, is that we like to lie down while we eat. No point wasting calories standing when you could be sitting and no use sitting when you could be lying down. Actually, I don’t think Leah can sit. I think it’s stand or lie down for her and that’s it.
I don’t know why Melly wanted to include this video. It kind-of makes me look bad. Maybe I was stealing corn out of Leah’s mouth but if she were really hungry, she would eat faster.