The third-graders from Holy Family Catholic Elementary School leaned over the railing, watching Pebbles and Darius, the African spur-thighed tortoises at Sternberg Museum of Natural History, as they crawled about their pen looking for treats Wednesday morning.
And they peppered Ian Trevethan, Sternberg’s education and outreach coordinator, with questions.
Do they get anything special to eat when they’re good? How old are they? How long do they live? Is a year of their life equal to a certain number of human years, like one year for a dog is equal to seven of ours? Do they dress up for Halloween? And many more, both serious and fun.
And Trevethan was delighted.