Spring Picnic


Me and Leopolda picnicking

We’ve been having some beautiful weather here lately so I have been spending a lot of time outside. As you can see from the photo above, I am not the only one who appreciates a little sunshine. That is my co-pet, Leopolda, aka Leah. She is an African leopard tortoise and she has been living with Melly for about 33 years, which is a long, long, long time.


Leah eating

Normally I don’t eat with Leopolda because she is more into eating grass and the leftover parts of kale, chard or lettuce that I refuse as pool treats. But yesterday, Leah had something new and different. She had a head of cabbage!


Really? Is this stuff any good?

I wasn’t really hungry, having just eaten a big bowl of grass mixed with lettuce and a couple of pieces of corn. Still, there’s nothing to whet the appetite like seeing someone else eating, so I decided to give it a try. I have to say, cabbage is a bit too chewy, but the flavor isn’t bad.

Video of me and Leopolda eating


Don't eat with your mouth open!

Melly says I look cute eating with Leopolda. I say she looks cute eating with me! After all, if one of us needs the other around to look cute, it is the tortoise that needs the capybara. We capybaras look cute 24/7, we don’t need to be posed with a tortoise, nothing personal to Leah.


Pig in the sun

Winston Bumblebee Barcode the 1st got to spend some quality time in the sun too, although he had to stay in a pen so I didn’t get to play with him. He did get a few bites of cabbage. I don’t mind sharing with WBB1 because he doesn’t eat much. Leah is okay to eat with too because she is a very slow eater, this results in her not eating much whether she wants to or not.

13 comments to Spring Picnic

  • lynn

    Has Leopalda ever bitten you or anyone?

  • Lisa

    i love Leopolda! great update!
    enjoy your sunshine! we are having very un-capy-like weather in New England

  • Laurie Coppola

    Aw, glad you all got to picnic! Still way to snowy and cold for us to picnic, but you make me want to plan for spring!

  • Stephanie Labbate

    I like guinea pigs in the sun — they feel so nice and warm.

    Like capys and turtles in the sun too. The sound of herbivores munching is CUTE! LUV to hear my guinea pigs munching!

    It’s nice that you got to have a picnic — outside — in February!

  • Ann M. Bednarek

    Gari, what a nice picnic you had with Leah. And Leah is 33 WOW she looks young for her age. You are so nice to your co-pets. Leah looked like she really enjoyed picnicing with you. Wish I was there to join you. I like cabbage too. And the cute sounds you made when you munch. Everything about you is sooooo adorable!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU!!!!!<3

  • Janet Lutkus

    Hey Gari, Looks like you got more of that head of Cabbage than Leopolda did! You both look wonderful together and a nice Spring picnic is sounding fabulous to me right now in cold snowy New Hampshire…brrrrrrr. Looks like Winston Bumblebee Barcode the first got to enjoy that healthy sunshine too. Love to all 3 of you (and your wonderful people)! Janet

  • Bonnie Vollbeer

    Nothing like a lovely picnic in the warm Texas sun with your co-pets to signal that Spring is right around the corner.

  • Eeek-guinea pigs aren’t supposed to eat cabbage!!!!!
    It gives them gas & can make them sick. Please don’t give Winston Bumblebee Barcode any more cabbage.

  • Laura McClure

    OMG! I want to have all those wonderful chewing sounds as the ringtone for my phone! That crunching is just awesome! Slow from Leah and speedier from Gari.

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