Every year we have a family of tortoises in our garden. I do believe it's the same family and it's more than likely that they hibernate either in the old house in the garden, or in gaps in the dry stone wall at the back of the house.
At this time of the year we see some that are clearly a couple of years old, also the mother, and usually some new offspring. I find them all over the garden and do pick them up from time to time and move them to the same part of the garden. An area which is relatively flat. This is because there are different levels in the garden and it's awful for a tortoise fall and end up on it's back when there's no-one around to help him on his feet.
Poppy has always been interested in the tiny babies. Last year she started picking them up in her mouth and bringing them to show me. Once she actually got into the house with one without me seeing, and deposited it on my bed.
She doesn't harm them or try to play with them. She picks them up very gently and puts them down the right way up, then just sits and watches them. Fascinating as this clearly is for Poppy, it's probably not much fun for the tortoises. So today I've retrieved three babies from Poppy and taken them back to their family at the top end of the garden.
Ah well...it keeps me (and Poppy) occupied!