Day 255: Making Room for Malti

Recently Mom brought home an unusually odd kind of being.

It is small (like you) but has no feathers (like Mom).

It is round (like you) but moves slowly and clumsily (like Mom).

It also doesn’t seem to have any concept of “prettiness” (which is probably for the best, since it unfortunately doesn’t appear to have any).

And – likely out of pure pity – now when Mom goes to the kitchen each morning to make your breakfast, sometimes she gets confused and starts to prepare the other being’s breakfast ahead of yours.

Malti, a baby red-foot tortoise, annihilates a kernel of fresh corn.

Malti, a small, round, featherless baby red-foot tortoise, annihilates a kernel of fresh corn.

When this occurs, it is of paramount importance to remind her of who is in charge of whom (and whose breakfast most needs preparing).

Uh oh. Mom's gotten distracted again - that yellow platter is not my breakfast dish.

Uh oh. Mom’s clearly gotten confused again – she doesn’t seem to realize that small yellow platter is not my breakfast dish.

I know just the tactic to refocus her attention on preparing my breakfast.

But I have just the tactic to refocus her attention on preparing my breakfast first.

First I'll chew it up into tiny little bits.

First I’ll nab a sunflower seed and chew it up into tiny little flingable bits.

Wow - that really scattered nicely.

Wow – that really scattered nicely.

Who, me? Sorry, Mom - I'm just so hungry I lost my grip on that sunflower seed.

Well, it was yesterday’s sunflower seed, Mom – fresh ones don’t slip out of my beak so easily.

Author: Shannon Cutts
Co-Author: Pearl Cutts

3 thoughts on “Day 255: Making Room for Malti

  1. Oh yes there is a definite hierarchy in the world of siblings. He who was always first shall remain always first! Unless, the youngest puts up a big fuss and then well maybe it’s ok.

  2. Pingback: Day 268: Detecting Intruders | Love and Feathers

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