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Mary Laura Philpott @MaryLauraPh
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Well, well, well... LOOK WHO IT IS.
Working theory: Frank is fighting with his reflection? Which — look, I get it — we’re all a little at war with ourselves. But we’re gonna need him to battle his demons a little more quietly at 6am. (And 2am. And 4am.)
(Or he really does just enjoy playing ring-and-run.)

(or ring and ...stand)
And he’s been doing this since well before the last time we snapped his picture (). This has been going on for MONTHS.

He has a lovely wife, Louise, but she hangs out in the yard doing normal turtle things. She doesn’t have time for these hijinks.
Update and plot twist: I don’t even know what the hell is going on now, but we had another visitor this morning, and THIS ISN’T FRANK.
We’re not sure about male/female, and the last thing we’re going to do is pressure our new friend on the issue of gender, so we’re calling them Fancy and letting them tell us more about themselves when they’re ready.
Fancy seems interested in their reflection but doesn’t knock (UNLIKE SOME TURTLES WE KNOW, FRANK). Fancy just stands quietly gazing, and retreats immediately to the shell when we open the door.

Anyway I guess I live in a turtle shelter now.
TURTLE UPDATE (I guess this is my life now): went outside early, spied Fancy headed to the door. Fancy promptly froze, then casually turned around and toodled back into the bushes like we’d all agreed to pretend this moment didn’t happen.
*nothing to see here*
*no fancy turtle*
*nope*
I shit you not, look who just showed up AT THE BACK DOOR.

Fancy has just spent the past two hours turtling around the perimeter of our house to get from front yard to back.
WHERE THE HELL IS FRANK AND WHAT DOES FANCY KNOW
NEW THEORY: Frank (right) and Fancy (left) = one & the same? While my spouse and I both felt *certain* when Fancy showed up that they were a much smaller/brighter-colored (certainly better behaved) turtle than Frank, I’ve been studying the markings, and I think they’re the same.
This means we’re down to three: Frank, Louise & son-of-Frank. Maybe Fancy is simply Frank’s more shy and introspective alter ego? Not everyone agrees on this theory, but I think maybe Frank/Fancy is a more complex individual than we once suspected.

Fancy Frank.
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