CURIOSITY WON’T KILL THIS TURTLE
I must admit that on at least two occasions while reaching out for plants above the pond, I jumped back upon seeing that she was only mere inches from my feet, very still but with a somewhat hilarious, quizzical look of wonderment as to why I panicked in the first place. She could be that stealthy, but she wouldn’t snap.
Whenever she sneaked up on me, I knew that it was entirely out of inquisitiveness. It might only be that this primal instinct on my part had programmed me to keep a healthy respect for this animal. And that, I knew, was the key to maintaining such large and potentially confrontational beasts: a healthy dose of respect.
As long as nothing untoward happens to her, Kaiju will surely outlive me. I already have prepared a much larger pond for her when the current one proves to be too limited for her. And while people pass objects as heirloom to the next generation, by the way things are going, I am going to pass her on to my son and perhaps future grandkids -- a chelonian dinosaur for the ages.