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My First Strawberry!, Part 2
(Parts 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6)

I tried so hard to nom my first strawberry!

Mommy showed me that it’s easier to nom the pointy end, but after a few bites, I went back to trying (and failing) to nom the big fat juicy part. Why must nomming be so hard?!

This old video of me trying to nom my first strawberry now has over 100,000 views!!  We don’t know why this video suddenly started getting a lot of views this year, but I feel like a YouTube star now!  🎥🌟🍓🐢

(Click on the other parts to see more photos and gifs!)

A clip from this old video of me is in a Google ad!!  (I make an appearance at 0:14!)

My first strawberry video is also now up to more than 500,000 views!?  😮  I’m a shellebrity!!  🎥🌟🍓🐢

We can’t believe we are saying this:  My first strawberry video now has over 1 MILLION VIEWS!!!!!  😲😲😲

One year later, my first strawberry video is up to over 7 million views!!!  😲😲😲  #shellebrity  (Sadly, it looks like Google took down the ad I starred in.)

We never imagined so many people would want to see my adventures!  We started out posting as a way to share all the photos and videos Mom takes of me without spamming all of Mom’s friends a zillion times every day.  Thank you for all the love you have shown me!  Shell hugs to all!  🤗💖🌟🐢

My first strawberry video is up to over 10 MILLION VIEWS!?!?!  🤯

We can’t believe how much love this video has gotten (or how tiny I used to be)!  THANK YOU!!  🤗🥰🐢

Happy first day of fall!  Watch out for hungry GRUMPs in your leaf piles!  🍁🐢🍂

International Turtle and Tortoise Week 2019, Day 4
(Parts 12, and 3)

Did you know that some of the most critically endangered turtle species are also the most colorful?  My new beautiful red turtle friend from friend (Iri)epsi @epsifawnshawn​ has several threatened look-alikes in the wild:

  • Painted terrapins look drab most of the year, but come breeding season, the males transform into one of the most strikingly and uniquely beautiful turtles, with bright red between their eyes, pure white heads, and lighter shells with flashy black markings.  Females have their own tricks:  Although they live in freshwater and some brackish water, females swim to the sea and nest on beaches alongside sea turtles.  Hatchlings can even live in pure seawater for some time!  Their conservation status is much less exciting:  Critically Endangered.  🙁
  • Male Northern River Terrapins similarly change up their looks during breeding season to gorgeous crimson-colored necks and black heads.  Sadly, the Northern River Terrapin is considered extinct in most of its habitat, in the rivers and deltas of India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.  Conservation groups are racing against the clock to save the species with assurance colonies.
  • Chinese red-necked pond turtles are vibrantly red not just on their necks, but also on their heads and other soft tissues.  (And they have delightfully spectacular smiles!)  These shells used to be a common species, but these days, they are one of the rarest aquatic turtles in China and have not been seen in the wild in years.

All of these species are struggling against habitat loss, pollution, hunting, and other human threats.  Their gorgeous colors add yet another threat:  Poaching for the black-market pet trade.

This brings us to a critical way you can help our endangered turtle friends:  Never buy a wild-caught turtle (or tortoise) or take a turtle (or tortoise) from the wild!  Taking turtles from the wild is bad for the individual turtle or tortoise (cruelly forced from its home to be surrounded by scary big monsters), the species (every individual lost means lost genetic diversity and future generations of offspring), and even for you (the stress of capture and new environments means higher vet bills).  If you’d like your own shell friend, adopt from a rescue or buy from a reputable captive breeder!

Weekends are for exploratory CHOMPs!  (And leaf hat wearing!)

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My First Strawberry!, Part 2
(Parts 1, 3, 4, 5, and 6)

I tried so hard to nom my first strawberry!

Mommy showed me that it’s easier to nom the pointy end, but after a few bites, I went back to trying (and failing) to nom the big fat juicy part. Why must nomming be so hard?!

This old video of me trying to nom my first strawberry now has over 100,000 views!!  We don’t know why this video suddenly started getting a lot of views this year, but I feel like a YouTube star now!  🎥🌟🍓🐢

(Click on the other parts to see more photos and gifs!)

A clip from this old video of me is in a Google ad!!  (I make an appearance at 0:14!)

My first strawberry video is also now up to more than 500,000 views!?  😮  I’m a shellebrity!!  🎥🌟🍓🐢

We can’t believe we are saying this:  My first strawberry video now has over 1 MILLION VIEWS!!!!!  😲😲😲

One year later, my first strawberry video is up to over 7 million views!!!  😲😲😲  #shellebrity  (Sadly, it looks like Google took down the ad I starred in.)

We never imagined so many people would want to see my adventures!  We started out posting as a way to share all the photos and videos Mom takes of me without spamming all of Mom’s friends a zillion times every day.  Thank you for all the love you have shown me!  Shell hugs to all!  🤗💖🌟🐢

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Fall Photoshoot, Part 4: My first gif!
(Parts 1, 2, and 3)

I got a little lost when I first made it to the RED side of Mommy’s wreath. Mommy helped me out when I got stuck. I couldn’t believe my eyes at how many gorgeous red leaves there were!

Tumblr would only let Mom upload a blurry version of my gif. (1 MB limit?!) You can see the much nicer version here, at the end of Mom’s blog post. Mommy also posted on her blog the full video that the gif is made from.

This was all very exciting for my first autumn! I can’t wait to play in the leaves again next year!

Happy equinox (right on the dot!) with a flashback to my very first fall, five years ago!

Happy first day of fall, Hobbit Day, and Tolkien Week!  🎉🍁🍂

Mom says hobbits are very good at noms.  I bet Bilbo Baggins would give me pumpkin treats if I showed up at Bag End!  Hint hint, Mom…

* Hobbit Day is the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, plus the day that determines when Tolkien Week is!

For Valentine’s Day today, Mom gave me the yummiest of valentines:  Radicchio, my #1 favorite nom ever!!

I’m still hungry though…Mom, why do you keep giving me beads that aren’t nom-able?!

💘 Happy Valentine’s Day, Tumblr!  💘

With Valentine’s Day so close to Mardi Gras this year, we are celebrating with even more beads!  If we could, we would throw each and every one of you shiny hearts full of shell hugs and love!  💖🐢

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Easter Week

Bonus video: My last Easter egg is irresistible!

Fear not, I tried to nom that egg for far longer than this short video! I didn’t give up until Mommy put it in my Easter basket for me.

(The video is short because Mommy couldn’t stop giggling. And her camera didn’t have much memory left.)

We can’t believe we are saying this:  A second video of me has over 1 MILLION VIEWS!?!?!?!  😲😲😲

🥚🐢  This video is from my very first Easter, when I went on an epic Easter egg hunt!  This blue egg was the last one I found.  You can see the rest of my Easter egg hunt over here!

🍓🐢  If you missed it, my first video to reach 1 million views is the one of my first strawberry, which now has over 4 MILLION VIEWS!?!?!?!?!

🌟  #shellebrity