Early morning found the little dog harrassing a tortoise who was attempting to walk across our front grass towards the house. Have no idea where he (it?) came from, but he/it was very damp and had a coating of green slimy stuff on its shell, so must prefer damp surroundings. As there is no appropriate body of water near our house, apart from a very small pond, and, as the dog was becoming more and more excited - and the tortoise more and more inclined to pull its head in and remain static - a remedy had to be found.
We fetched a laundry bucket, placed the (wee-ing!) tortoise in it and took a walk to the nearest dam. (Little dog firmly on lead).
Releasing the tortoise on the downward facing grass-lined dam edge, we left him (it?) there to enjoy itself.
At this time of year, tortoises often go wandering in search of a mate. We only hope that this particular tortoise is successful in the area around the dam where he was placed this morning.
BTW, it was such a lovely morning for a walk!
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