Friday, August 10, 2012

Meet Neil the Russian Tortoise, er, Sir Neil.

 A wrote a few months ago I wrote about our Russian Tortoise, Jeff, who passed away.

I am happy to report that my son saved his money and bought a new Russian Tortoise! (Or, an RT as we Russian Tortoise owners like to say.)  Without further ado, meet Neil the Tortoise! He is named after my son's hero, Neil Armstrong.

When we first brought him home, we weren't sure where we were going to put the swimming pool we had for Neil to live in, as our cats were eyeing it as a brand new, huge litter box. (Anyone want some cats???)  That wasn't going to work, so we went to the hardware store and bought some plywood, some 2X4's and some screws. 

My son went to the garage and started working away. He made this 4 X4 foot by 2 feet high, one of a kind, custom tortoise cage. He even put some plastic netting around the outside and screwed it down.

I love how he made the cage to keep the tortoise in and the cats out - genius!   

I am pretty sure Neil is happy. He looks happy, well, as happy as a tortoise can look. He is so cute and really fast. Well, fast for a tortoise, that is.

On a side note, one of my friends was saying he needed a fancy name, so she dubbed him "Sir Neil Payton Willfred Armstrong of Sacramento". 

I kind of like the Sir Neil.