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Tortoise-riding Toddler

Discussion in 'Tortoises in the News' started by jsheffield, Nov 29, 2018.

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  1. jsheffield

    jsheffield Well-Known Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    That's very cute and all, but I'm concerned for the baby's ability to drive. It mentioned nothing about the baby's licensure. The baby also is lacking proper steering equipment. What if the tort decides he wants to go under a tort size tunnel? The baby has no way of redirecting the tort. Some baby's are just tiny thrill seekers. Little daredevils.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    No matter what you do, someone is going to complain about it. The comments for the video are absurd. Abuse? That is preposterous. At best a person could argue that the tortoise was inconvenienced for a minute while they attached the straps. Other than that, the tortoise could care less.

    And of course some other genius had to point out the baby is going to die of salmonella because of sitting in a seat a top the chelonian... I guess it must be a miracle from God that my daughter survived her early childhood, given her near daily contact with these potentially deadly, bacteria carrying, reptilian disease vectors...

    I only wish there was a species large enough for ME to take a ride like that! I'd wave to my Mom too! :)
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    Try a Galapagos tort, it might be able to hold you!
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    A million years (and a hundred pounds) ago, I rode a Galapagos Tortoise in the Galapagos Islands.

    We found a creep of them in a field with waist-high grass; my ride was crouching, then got up and started walking away from us after I sat on its back ... I'm not positive it even noticed me.

    I don't know if I'd do it again, even if I was at game-day weight, but I still remember the way it moved/felt.

    Jamie
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    That's what I was going to say lol
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    This is all I talk about. I'm going to have a saddle made for tiny humans to ride nyx when she gets big enough. I might even make a harness to pull a wagon so I can ride.
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    I did this when I was five years old at the San Diego Zoo. I'll never forget it.
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    Actually, I think the tortoise is too small for the seat and child. I also don't think they should be ridden.
    Tortoises weren't meant to be ridden and so I don't think they should be.
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    Neither were horses. Or elephants. Or bison.
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    I have let a few kids ride my big sulcatas less the car seat haha but I'm careful about how big a kid I let have a ride because I agree tortoises are not designed for it. But a little kid and a big tortoise I don't see the harm.
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    very true I was thinking the same thing! but some how the leg structure of the tortoise makes me more uneasy about it then the other animals. But then again I draw the line at kids about half the tortoises weight. apply that to the other animals you named and it would be all bad id think
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    What if humans rode tortoises rather than horses? Thats a world i could live in. If i had a galapagos or an aldabra i would attach a chariot and have them pull me around town both us dressed in roman attire. We would have fun. Yes, i am a big kid. i have to be in the field i am in :)
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    I guess we would all be going at a much slower pace. I think I'll just walk.
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    A slow pace in life isn't all that bad.
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    Let's not go back to beginning of time. Horses have been bred for bazillion years (exaggerated) for riding. As for elephants and bison, I don't think they should be ridden. However, because of their size, the weight of most humans or the one in this pic wouldn't be but a slight tickle. I wouldn't put a 300 pound person on a horse that wasn't a draft horse and I wouldn't put i child on a small tortoise or a large one either!
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    Is this just how you feel about this matter emotionally, or do you think it is doing harm to the tortoise? You are certainly entitled to your opinion, I'm just asking questions to try to understand why you feel this way.
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    What about grandfathers? My grandkids have all insisted upon a ride upon my shoulders when they were young. I think that they may have been slave drivers. Enough!
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    For the tortoise in the pic, I think the tortoise is too small. Don't really think it would cause harm if it was mainly for a pic. If it was for longer, I think it possibly could. However, in general, I just don't think they should be ridden, no matter the size. The only defense they have to get someone off is to just lay down. Most other animals, like those you mentioned, at least have ways to get you off.
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