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!
It’s so good to know that at least one survived. May Ishi live long and prosper!
Thank you so much Xena~ We hope so too!
And a beautiful baby it is. So cute struggling through the grass.
Thank you Peter.
We are so excited to have her after all of these years of waiting~
Thank you so much!
Thank you Stacey.
It was wonderful to have this happy story to share.
I know how much the bad stories hurt us all!
How very exciting. Welcome, Ishi! And love to Harriet, too.
Thank you Eric.
It is very exciting.
This is a very Endangered creature and we are thrilled to see him/her.
We have numerous gopher torti around, however, I have yet to see a baby – only painted turtle babies! Good luck to Ishi.
Thank you so much!
That’s a very cute little fellow. Congratulations!
Thank you Jan.
We absolutely adore her/him.
Fantastic!! Such a sweet one, too!
Yes sweet, adorable.
There are so many ways to describe our sheer joy!!!!
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Grandmother and Grandfather are enjoying Ishi, Breanna and Donna were at play in the front yard, Breanna found Ishi, Donna saved Ishi? 🙂
Thank you for sharing his/her story and for taking all of the wonderful pictures to share too!
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Awesome …. congrats to the “parents”!!! So cute …..
Thank you so much DR. Rex for sharing the baby’s story!
We are indeed proud stand in, adoptive parents.
It was a very long time coming!
Hope all goes well!! ❤ ….
We are just normal doting parents right now constantly on guard!
Aww – so cute 🙂 congratulations and best wishes to Ishi 🙂
Thank you so much Peggy.
It would be great if Ishi could read all of the sweet and kind thoughts here.
That’s good news ! Congratulations to the whole family !
Thank you Ronald. We are so very happy about this.
Congratulations!!!! May you live a long life Baby.
We hope so too.
And plan on protecting her/him just as we have the mother Harriet for the past 7 plus years.
Sadly right now, he/she appears to be the only survivor.
Hooray for Ishi! Love the turtles — so much that I am naming my new acupuncture practice, “Wise Turtle Acupuncture.”
Thank you so much Karen.
That is a really great name.
Good luck with it!
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Thank you Dear Adam for caring and sharing~
I did ‘like’ this,this morning but i don’t think it worked 🙂
No worries Adam, I know where your heart lies~
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 🙂
Wow, are they that endangered? Had no idea, glad that you’ve protected the one. Keep up the good fight. It’s worth it in the end.
They are the light of our eyes.
This is such good news. Congratulations!!! You are doing such a good thing. I thank you! (((HUGS))) Amy
Thank you, we are so grateful to have at least one baby from Harriet.
Congratulations to you. Turtles are so precious. This is an exciting day. I hope you will allow us glimpses of him from time to time. I am reblogging this. Cheers, Barbara
Thank you so much for sharing their story Barbara.
And yes, you can count on many more pictures of she/he in the future here~
We ARE proud new parents!!!!
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Thank you again!!
how cute 🙂
Thank you for coming by and seeing our newest family member~
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.
Welcome and thank you for caring for them~
Hope you can find the movie.
It is wonderful and a keeper.
Indeed he/she is!!!!
SQUEEEEEEAL! He/she is just adorable…. I’ve never seen a baby! So much love to the little one, a true survivor, and the parents. 🙂
We are in Heaven right now!!!!!!!!
I just had to stop back by and see if you spotted this story -( if I don’t do the link correctly, you will get the drift from it) – a manatee comforts a stranded dog in a river.
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.
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. ❤
He/She is our little hope.
We must save her, she is the only survivor.
Congrats! Very adorable!
Thank you. We feel blessed to have her in our life~