I remember my box turtles cheesing off our dog, Rags, by eating his dog-food and ignoring his objections. What could he do to them?
One of these tortoises is attempting to mate with a basketball; but the others appear to be… well, playing. We even see a tortoise, perhaps an Aesop’s Fables re-enactor, trying to catch a rabbit. That reminds me of my nice pet land crab who became the object of a small tortoise’s amorous ambitions, resulting in the world’s slowest romance on the floor of my iguana cage.
There’s a lot more to the mind of a turtle than we might think.
It’s God’s stuff, and it always works. A lot better than any computer, we might add.
They’re all in this video–cats, dogs, hamsters, raccoons–even a feisty monitor lizard. Dig the dog visiting the meerkats at the zoo, and the parakeet figuring out how to tote a new ladder into his cage. Be honest, now: if you’d been creating heaven and earth, would you have thought of animals as pets? God did!
Here’s a little something I miss from our old fishin’ day–the crab who gets hauled into your boat while trying to steal your bait, and then wants to make an issue of it. These little fellows can be feisty! The big ones we kept–yum, yum!–but the small ones got a talking-to and tossed back into the water.
Note the silly hormad in this video tempting the crab with his finger. He’d’ve sung a different tune if the crab had caught him!
Here’s a little something we never have to contend with in New Jersey. But even in Florida–willya look at the size of that gator!
Note that the alligator, for all its bulk, walks with its belly high up off the ground. The man with the camera might have a few anxious moments if he reflected that even very large gators are capable of short bursts of real speed. At that distance, the gator could catch the man if he really wanted to. Just a little somethin’ to think about…
I’m not recommending you actually try this, but on rare occasions, cats and mice can be friends. Yeah, if I tried it, I’d wind up with half a mouse. But cats and mice are both extremely intelligent and highly adaptable, and can do things you don’t expect. I am assuming the animals in these videos remained friends off-camera.
I once had a mouse who liked to groom my mustache. Think about that. What did she see when she saw me, besides a mustache that needed grooming? But mice do learn to relate to you on a personal level, and I’m blamed if I can fathom how that happens.
Oops! That video just didn’t pan out. Cool headline, though. Madja look!
Anyway, here are some ordinary little sloths demonstrating cuteness, and I hope you like them.
Snapping turtles have a reputation for being ornery; but check out this 40-pounder having a cozy time with his owner. The turtle is, in short, a pet. And far from biting your fingers off, he likes getting petted.
I’ve always found snappers among the easiest turtles to tame. Although they are water turtles, they’re pretty much at home on land, too. So you can let them stroll around.
The point is: almost all animals respond to love, gentleness, and affection. Even some of the animals that you look at and say, “Oh, no way!”
This is an aspect of God’s creation–a distinguishing mark of His handiwork.
We call it love.
Cats do this sometimes, and so do dogs–run like crazy up and down your hallway, for no apparent reason other than to amuse themselves. But how many households can feature a pig racing back and forth. The more you watch, the more you wonder what is going on. I guess you’d have to ask the little pig… if he’ll stand still long enough to hear your question.
It’s not a rabbit at all, but a pika–furry little animals that live on mountainsides, amid the rocks. We have some in North America.
This is the “Ili Pika,” from a remote region of China. Until these photos were taken, it hadn’t been seen in 20 years. Please ignore the narrator’s blather about Global Warming causing this animal to go extinct. They only say that to make you believe you have to give the government a lot more of your money and expanded powers to trouble your lives.
Yes, it would be a tragedy to lose such an adorable little creature. Maybe a captive breeding program could ensure its survival. If it lived in America instead of China, something like that would already be happening.
Hi, Mr. Nature here–with the friendliest chameleon that I ever saw. You’d swear this lizard loves its owner! And is totally at ease with him.
Many years ago, we had a gorgeous pair of Jackson’s chameleons. The male of that species has three long horns on his head: most impressive. They were bursting with good health when we got them, ate crickets dusted with vitamin powder, zapping them at long range with their tongues… and in a few months, sickened and pined away. We then learned that was the experience most people had with pet chameleons. But much has been learned since then about keeping chameleons healthy, and now a lot of folks can manage it.
Meanwhile, dig those colors! I never saw a chameleon put on quite as gaudy a display as that. I wonder if selective breeding played a part: even years ago, chameleons bred readily in captivity.
When my Jacksons crawled up my forearm, their grip was very, very powerful and it sort of hurt. My iguana, who in other respects was quite friendly to them, hit the ceiling when the male tried to use his back as a ladder. Apparently the chameleon in this video has a gentler touch.
Chameleons never fail to fascinate me–another little bit of God’s stuff that He must have very much enjoyed creating!