Samm arrived unannounced. The ‘parents’ I had thought were ‘too young’ but was surprised to be told by our house sitter that much digging had been taking place in their enclosure. The surface however was hard and not much impression had been made on the surface. In fact an egg had been laid, but buried so shallow, that it had its shell broken simply by being walked on. So – as far as I was concerned, that was that.
But later, while I walking on the lawn, there was little Samm, making his way across the Kikuyu, not a meter from his place of hatching. What fun! I could not place him with his ‘parents’, and a small covered run had to be made quickly. He will stay there and will be brought inside in bad weather. He will be fed on grasses and local indigenous plant leaves, with a cuttlefish for calcium. Fresh water is important for drinking and for paddling. It is like having a baby in the house, having to be mindful of its needs. Worth it? N-a-t-u-r-e-a-l-l-y!!