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The Critter-Flag - Find your Small Animals Where They Blend In!

 I have a pet Russian Tortoise named Vladimir Igor Tortoiskya. He has excellent camouflage, and I used to lose him very frequently. We tried taping a small balloon to his back, but it kept falling off. I finally decided to make him something that would stay on his back, and let us know where Vlad is without the device bothering him.
 I eventually thought of the Critter-Flag.
 This contraption has an elastic band, cut to precisely the circumference of Vladimir's shell, with one inch extra in case he gets bigger. Russian Tortoises don't get very big, and Vlad is already about one inch away from his final size (He's Eight years old (Out of Seventy) in the pictures).
 I used an 18" length of wire to create the main "Pole" of the flag, as well as to attach it to the elastic. The flag itself is made of three Stapled-Together 2 1/2" squares of the material that you find around store-bought bunches of flowers. I wrapped the last 1/2" of the stuff through the loop of wire at the top of the "Flagpole" and stapled the flag into place.
 Vladimir walks with this flag on his back every day now and loves every minute of outdoor time we give him - while we can relax about having to watch him constantly as he walks. If we lose track of him now, we just look for the Critter-Flag!
 I hope other reptile enthusiasts will be able to use this knowledge as well - You can scale this project to size for almost any creature you may have, including:

 Hamsters

 Lizards

 Birds

 Gorillas

 You name it! As long as the sharp ends of the wire are above the elastic and the band is not to tight, you can make a Critter-Flag for all of your furry (Or scaly) friends.
  Have fun!
   Win Guy
Pippikins1 year ago
too cute and great for when you let your critters cruise around in the yard on a nice summer day
jkarastas2 years ago
Gorillia?? if a gorillia is ripping off your face then a flag wont help you!!!

I think that this is a great Idea i cant bring him out as much as i would want for fear that he would run away quickly!!!

thanks
Win Guy (author)  jkarastas2 years ago
Thank you for the comment, I mostly put in the "Gorillas" part for emphasis as to the many animals on which you could put the flag. If someone really does have a pet gorilla, I'd be a little concerned.
 Thanks again,
  Win Guy
katydaisy3 years ago
Nicely done!
Wish I'd thought of this before my son lost his turtle.

seriously good job! 
cheeriokate3 years ago
Hahah if I had a turtle I would totally make this for it! Very cute idea