Most animals don’t recognize their own reflections in the mirror, and reactions tend to range from fearful to aggressive to dismissive. I just had to try it with my tortoise. The result is best described as “self image issues”.
You know that thing where children and pets get more enjoyment out of the packaging than the thing you bought for them? I made some new cylinders for Rover when I redid the terrarium, then put him in and started cleaning up. He immediately started stalking (through the glass) the crumpled packing paper I had Read more about Packing paper[…]
While Rover has no discernible interest in balls (unless they’re rolling past him), apparently cylinders are fascinating. I hope he doesn’t get bored with them within days like he does most things.
Groggy little beast was subjected to me singing “My Funny Valentine” with garbled lyrics this morning. He perked up and stretched his neck out for the ascending bits, so I think my critic approved. Two claws up.
I am now 100% certain Rover is male! So…switching back to “he”, and I now have a narrower upper bound on how big he’s going to get (about 8″ long in the carapace).
Critter enjoyed her new macramé tunnel today.