Tiny turtle melts hearts with adorable effort to eat his very first strawberry


There’s something about baby animals that most of us just can’t resist. Even animals that are pretty terrifying once they reach adult age, like lions and sharks, look all cute and innocent when they’re babies.It turns out that there’s a scientific reason why we think baby animals are so “aww”-worthy.

The powerful nurturing instinct that humans have for their children is strong enough to spill over to anything that resembles them.While some baby animals look less like baby humans than others, there are still resemblances, like the cute, innocent baby eyes, the helplessness, chubby cheeks, and rounder bodies.

If you’re a baby animal fan, you’ll love this video of a baby turtle’s first strawberry.

Turtles have a pretty varied diet.
In the wild, they eat algae, fallen fruit, water plants, worms, aquatic insects, snails, and insect larvae. Some may also eat grasses, flowers, and mushrooms.

Luckily, these foods are easily available, so turtle owners can feed their pets exactly what they thrive off in their natural habitat.

Like human babies, turtle babies take a while to get used to solid foods.
As youngsters, turtles find it easiest to eat flakes, pellets, or food sticks, all of which can be found at your local pet store.

But when they’re ready, you can start to feed them live bugs and worms, before moving onto the big challenge: fruits and veggies.

As you can see from the video, munching on a fruit that’s bigger than your body is no easy feat.vKirby, the adorable Russian tortoise featured in this clip, has become something of a viral sensation for his eating videos.

His strawberry nomming debut received more than 14 million views.

The concept of the video is simple: he eyes up a strawberry and attempts to eat it.
This is pretty hilarious because the strawberry is bigger than Kirby’s entire body. Imagine trying to take a bite out of something that was bigger than you!

Unsurprisingly, Kirby isn’t very successful in his strawberry mission.
He keeps unintentionally pushing it away from him with his mouth. It was probably for the best that Kirby couldn’t get his teeth into too much of the strawberry, anyway.

While many breeds of turtle can eat all the fruits they like, it’s not the case for Kirby’s breed. The caption explains:

“Russian tortoises like me should generally not eat fruits, as our guts are not equipped to handle a lot of sugar. Fruit should be kept to only occasional treats. I was only allowed to have a few tiny nibbles of this strawberry as a special treat before Mom took the strawberry away.”

Well, we’re glad the adorable moment was filmed for us to see! And if you feel bad that Kirby couldn’t get a proper hold on the strawberry, his owner released a few follow-up pictures of Kirby getting a proper bite while she held the strawberry for him.

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