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Yvonne G

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I work at the school - there arenʻt any cameras up there. Yeah the kids poke and prod at him, if heʻs in his hide the kids stick their faces by the entrance and yell his name thinking heʻll come out. I posted earlier somewhere about the horrible things they do to him - granted they are in elementary school but this isnʻt the way to teach kids how to be kind to animals, especially an animal as shy as a tort.
I've told this story before, and it's the reason when I was doing turtle rescue, that I NEVER adopted out a turtle/tortoise to be a classroom pet:

I had a very friendly female box turtle in my adoption line up. A teacher came to adopt a turtle for a classroom pet - 4th graders - and I thought it might be a good way to teach kids about animals, so I let the teacher choose the one she wanted. When we stepped into the turtle yard, this one friendly turtle came rushing over and kept sniffing at the teacher's shoes. Naturally, this was the one the teacher chose.

She brought me back the turtle after a couple weeks telling me it doesn't come out of its shell. The turtle was closed up tight. Here was this very friendly, outgoing turtle, closed up tighter than a drum. It took over two weeks for her to start to venture out of her shell, but as soon as she saw people, she closed up tight again.

I can only assume the kids in the classroom did exactly what you've described above - poking and prodding, etc. Almost made me cry to imagine what this friendly, unsuspecting turtle went through.
 

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I've told this story before, and it's the reason when I was doing turtle rescue, that I NEVER adopted out a turtle/tortoise to be a classroom pet:

I had a very friendly female box turtle in my adoption line up. A teacher came to adopt a turtle for a classroom pet - 4th graders - and I thought it might be a good way to teach kids about animals, so I let the teacher choose the one she wanted. When we stepped into the turtle yard, this one friendly turtle came rushing over and kept sniffing at the teacher's shoes. Naturally, this was the one the teacher chose.

She brought me back the turtle after a couple weeks telling me it doesn't come out of its shell. The turtle was closed up tight. Here was this very friendly, outgoing turtle, closed up tighter than a drum. It took over two weeks for her to start to venture out of her shell, but as soon as she saw people, she closed up tight again.

I can only assume the kids in the classroom did exactly what you've described above - poking and prodding, etc. Almost made me cry to imagine what this friendly, unsuspecting turtle went through.
Youʻre making me cry first thing in the morning! That is soooo terrible, not only for the turtle, but for any animal. Just because reptiles arenʻt furry does not mean that they donʻt have feelings - people donʻt understand what magnificent, intelligent animals they are. (And so good-looking too). This just made me think about something else, maybe I suggest that we should not allow ANY classroom pets. I understand the educational part, but it isnʻt really fair to use these poor unsuspecting animals to "test" out animal husbandry. I can just imagine the kindergarten teacher telling her kids - see why the gerbil is blind? We donʻt stick pencils in their eyes. At least this tort still comes out when he hears my voice and lets me pet him.
 

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I love that kinda stuff!!!
My sally won’t lift her rump for nothin’ !
She doesn’t even want to walk any where now that it’s winter.
I call her lazy legs..🤣
Thats how Mags treats me!
J
Youʻre making me cry first thing in the morning! That is soooo terrible, not only for the turtle, but for any animal. Just because reptiles arenʻt furry does not mean that they donʻt have feelings - people donʻt understand what magnificent, intelligent animals they are. (And so good-looking too). This just made me think about something else, maybe I suggest that we should not allow ANY classroom pets. I understand the educational part, but it isnʻt really fair to use these poor unsuspecting animals to "test" out animal husbandry. I can just imagine the kindergarten teacher telling her kids - see why the gerbil is blind? We donʻt stick pencils in their eyes. At least this tort still comes out when he hears my voice and lets me pet him.
He must love the solitude when the kids go home for the day. This is too cruel. Maybe PETA would harass the school teacher to death.
 

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He must love the solitude when the kids go home for the day. This is too cruel. Maybe PETA would harass the school teacher to death.
Solitude but hunger. She doesnʻt feed him on the weekends. He completely destroyed the plants I put in there on Friday poor guy. I just went to give him some treats and when I called him, he came lumbering out of his tiny hide on those cute chubby feet. I put in the new hide and hand fed him and of course as I left he was scratching at the side of his enclosure. Breaks my heart.
 

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I was talking about the picture of the Egyptian Starwberrys. Post#149
Oh crap! I didn't even look at the picture...lol
and here I thought that was a secret message chocolate being a euphemism for tar the message being we you were gonna dunk Chubbs in hot tar, the Egyptian being euphemism for feathers...hot tar and feathers for Chubbs...ta daaa
 

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Oh crap! I didn't even look at the picture...lol
and here I thought that was a secret message chocolate being a euphemism for tar the message being we you were gonna dunk Chubbs in hot tar, the Egyptian being euphemism for feathers...hot tar and feathers for Chubbs...ta daaa
o_O:p oh dear......
 

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Get behind her, pretend that her carapace is the face of a clock, her head is 12 and you put your hands at 9 and 3 then you move your hands around back and forth...all min dance. I call it the Hootchie Cootchie
Ok!!!!! I will try that tomorrow!!!!!!
I’ll try and take a video to show you.
😅🤣😂 I can’t wait!!!!
 
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