Darwin's first taste of freedom!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 1:35:53 PM
Darwin 'asked' to come out by digging at his vivarium door, so I opened it for him. The first few times, he retreated back onto his log. But he kept coming to the front again once I closed the door and moved away. Then finally, one time he didn't back off. I opened the door, and offered him my arm to climb up on... and he climbed up! Without being tempted by any food either, as he'd already eaten that day. He climbed up onto my shoulder and then onto my back. I sat on my bed and let him climb down. He very nervously explored my bed.
He was a bit scared of the big space around him, and kept his body very flat and low, but he was very interested in exploring his new surroundings
After about 10 minutes, I noticed him looking back over towards his vivarium, I could see him trying to figure out a way back over there! So I picked him up and lifted him back over. He didn't try to whip me at all! He did struggle a little bit, but stopped after a second or two. Yay Darwin!
Hopefully he will learn to associate being handled, or human contact, with more exciting things and places to explore.