Monday, 25 May 2015

Monday's Monumental Anniversary

Finally our fine weather arrived and it was warm enough for Tessie to go outside. At the start of each summer she is given the option to drink a little, by being placed in a tray of water. Mesi made sure it was the correct temperature.
Mirsku did the taste test.
This year Tessie did not drink but it 'wetted her whistle' as the ol' Londoners would say, and she was soon eating her favourite food - voikukkaa.

Today is actually Tessie's 50th gotcha day. Yes, it's her half century in the Parker family. Äiti' family had many tortoises as she grew up, as they were imported easily in those days. Luckily the trade has stopped now since the majority of tortoises died. Äiti's mother loved them and did her very best to care for them, but sadly all went to the Bridge except Tessie.  When Äiti's mother died, Tessie was lonely, and when her father died she went to live with Äiti and the Britcats. She does love being with us felines and she has adapted well to life in Finland (N).
Tessie is an old lady now - for her species (Horsfield's tortoise) the life expectancy can be more than 60 years; we think maybe she was 2 years or so when she was stolen from the Russian steppes which were natural habitat.
So Tessie we give you many congratulations for this incredible achievement, and even though I sat on your shell when I was pikku pentu, I do show you a little more respect now.

17 comments:

meowmeowmans said...

WOW! Happy Half Century Gotcha Day, Tessie!

Katnip Lounge said...

Many Happy Returns, Tessie...you are about as old as our Mommy...gosh, you're ANCIENT!

Summer said...

Happy gotcha day, Tessie! My human wishes kitties lived as long as tortoises.

The Swiss Cats said...

Wow ! Happy Gotcha Day Tessie ! We wish you a wonderful sunny day, and a lot of dandelions ! Purrs

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Felicitations and welcome to Springtime, O lovely and gracious Tessie! It is good Mirsku is well-fed already!

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

HAPPY 50TH TESSIE!!! TBT says when he first came here even before Skeeter and LC, he had a painted turtle in the shower stall. In spite of good veggies, It dint do so well as Tessie, so he let it go out again.

When the Cat is Away said...

Happy 50th! Wow, you were already living with Äiti when she was a pikku pentu. ;)

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Tessie!

Purrs,
The Chans

Mamma N said...

Austin Towers said...

I had no idea she had lived so long! Happy half century Tessie!

Just Ducky said...

Happy Half Century Day to you Tessie. You must have been well loved and cared for to still be here.

Simba said...

That is pretty amazing, Tessie. May you live even longer than 60 years!

Lone Star Cats said...

Wow, 50 years are impressive!

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Happy Gotcha Day! That is amazing- she is obviously well cared for. I love that she likes kitties.

Georgia and Julie said...

Happy Gotcha day Tessie!!
You are in a very good home and we are glad you are doing so well :)
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure and JJ

Anonymous said...

well done T!
(Besides that big hunks paksut posket are sexy indeed :O)

Kari said...

Happy Birthday Tessie girl! And we wish you many happy returns of the day!