Finally, We Have A Baby!

one two
four three
We have decided to call her/him Ishi, after the last of the Yahi in California.
She/he also appears to be the only survivor.
All pictures credit: Walkingfox
Because  you asked, here is more about Ishi, last of the Yahi.



We would like to introduce our first Gopher Tortoise birth here.

She/he was found yesterday when I took Breanna out, just after lunch.

We are not sure of her/his sex, but this is what we have waited for since moving in here in 2004.

We found no others, only this one.

Gopher Tortoises normally have between 3-15 babies, so we sadly fear the demise of her siblings.

It is said that anything and everything,  eats them as soon as they hatch, most do not make it until their first birthday.

From what we have learned from other pictures and information, this one appears to be about two years old,  as they are said to grow about an inch per year.

If any others are found, they will be announced here.

But for now, we are so thrilled to have at least one child from Harriet, whom we have fiercely guarded, loved and protected since we came here nearly ten years ago.

Finally we have a baby!



59 thoughts on “Finally, We Have A Baby!

  1. Hooray for Ishi! Love the turtles — so much that I am naming my new acupuncture practice, “Wise Turtle Acupuncture.”

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      • I once was sitting in my garden,and was having a coffee. when I spotted this huge rock like thing/next minute it moved. ever so slowly.It turned out to be a tortoise from up the road. It had taken two days to go just five minutes up the road 🙂

  3. I just read the story about Ishi, and found it extremely moving. Thanks for the share. This story about the little one is also very happy, and I love the pictures. Wonderful post.

    • Thank you so much for this story.
      It was not a surprise though.
      Wild things frequently come to our aid.
      My children and I were so very lucky to be able to be in the water with them many years ago at Blue Springs State Park.
      This was before they stopped it all to protect them.
      It was a once in a lifetime experience and I have loved them since.
      If only we were as good to the animals, as they are to us.

  4. How wonderful that you have a new baby! Giving it the name Ishi is powerful and shouts, ‘Let this one not be the last!’

    I admire your dedication. ❤

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