On day 4 of our Galapagos trip we had the chance to hand feed some captive giant land tortoises on Isabela Island. Our guide kicked some fresh papayas out of a tree in the enclosure and gave one to our daughter. Drew was tickled to have the chance to feed them – she loves feeding birds – why not a giant tortoise?
When we approached the tortoises, they were timid and pulled their heads inside of their shells. But when they smelled the papaya, the quickly lost their fear and stumbled closer. Although they were still timid they would thrust their heads out, take a bite and then pull back. As you can see in the photo, it got a little closer than we would have liked. After this bite, Drew dropped the rest and it just ate the remaining off the ground. It wasn’t until we got home (and looked closely at our pictures), did we realize how close it came to getting a taste of some white meat with its fresh papaya.