Look what I found!

As I drove up to the horses this morning, I spotted something in the middle of the road just outside Reillanne.

Was that a — ? Surely not!  They are found wild in this area, but…

I stopped, as did a car which was going in the other direction.  The driver reversed back to me, passing the ‘thing’ on the way, and said

“Oui, c’est une tortue!”

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Literally in the middle of the road

I said I would move it into the woods and he continued on his way, leaving me to deal with it.

There was a part of me which would have LOVED to bring this guy home, but I don’t think he would live a happy life in our garden with Cookie there to terrierise him.

So I lifted the him (her?) up.

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He was very confident being handled, which is what our friends whose garden is regularly visited by tortoises said – they have no predators here, so they are quite unafraid.

I set him down in the woods at the side of the road…

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…wished him Bonne Route and carried on up the hill to the horses.

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Au revoir, little dude!

A large truck came rattling down the hill as I went up, and I was glad that I had moved him to safety.  I am pretty sure he wouldn’t have survived it.

Mr and Mrs Endurance arrived at the farm ten minutes after me.

“Guess what we found on the road?” they said.

Yes, you guessed right.

They, however, had picked him up and put him in their jeep, thinking that he was probably a lost pet.  Surprising how many of the locals don’t know that tortoises are native to the region.  Hermann’s Tortoise, to be precise.

They put him in a stable with water and some carrots while Mr Endurance shod their horses (he’s a farrier), and they planned to release him in the woods on the other side of the road on their way home.  We’re assuming that was where he was heading all along until I picked him up, you see.

So cute!

So cute!

Hopefully I will not see him squished on the road tomorrow morning.

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9 thoughts on “Look what I found!

  1. I probably would have taken him home too. I had no idea this a natural habitat.
    Doodler brought home a hedgehog he found on the road. We named him Gaston.
    Gari our pooch was not at all interested in the new addition to the Garden. Gaston has since vanished into the underbrush. In hindsight Doodler felt maybe it would have been best just to move Gaston across the road to saftey. Perhaps he had a family.

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  2. Probably a female looking for a place to lay eggs. They travel quite a distance to find a suitable nesting area, usually in some sandy soil.

    I hope your stories are doing well for you. They are on my reading list just as soon as I get a chance to read anything:).

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    • Aw thanks Kris, I’ve sold a good few which is surprising given how many I gave away for free. I’ve ground to a halt at the moment, though, I have 3 story lines and none of them want to leave my brain. I will find out what Mr & Mrs Endurance did with the tortoise later & I will update here.

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  3. Oh lucky you. I saw an unidentifiable furry creature at the old head the other day, not enough of it visible to identify unfortunately.

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