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Weekly Photo – Close Call Feeding Tortoises Papaya

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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.


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Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands). Work with GringosAbroad.

5 comments… add one
  • Eric Mar 21, 2014, 8:40 pm

    I did look at you sunsets, Beautiful indeed, however this late winter and early spring, we have had some terrific sunsets in NS, Our oldest daughter Ericka who is a photographer has taken some beautiful pictures. I got a few shots myself.
    Keep smiling folks. as ever…Eric.

  • john Humphreys Jul 22, 2011, 5:20 am

    I imagine Drew would love to keep that tortoise in her bedroom,or at least in the house as a pet, We miss you here Drew as well as Mom and dad
    Big John

    • Dena Haines Jul 23, 2011, 2:24 pm

      Hi John,

      You’re right, and she did bring one home! But it was really small, really soft and stuffed with some very snugly stuffing.

      We miss you too Big John

      Drew says “hi” and she misses you very much.

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