Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Today we saved a Eastern Box Turtle. Hailey and I went shopping for some new shoes and school supplies. When on the way back home , there was a brown and tan lump in the middle of the right lane. As soon as I saw it I just knew it was a turtle. I keep on driving as there was a lot of traffic behind me. But I just couldn’t leave it there. I had to turn around and try to save it. So, that is just what we did.
I turned around about 1/2 mile down the road or more and just hoped we wouldn’t be too late. And low and behold, that little turtle was ok and on the move again. He made it over to the middle of the left lane and he was on the move. It was perfect where he was, as there was a left turn lane where I could pull over safety, and scooped him up. In the nick of time I believe as a rush of traffic was coming.
I put him on the floor of the passenger seat and brought him home. Needless to say Hailey thought this was so cool that we could save this little turtle. We took a few pictures of him and she named him Thomas the Turtle. Then we walked out back, went down into the forest and set him free.
According to the quick research we did on the net, he will be very happy there and have plenty of things to eat.
Regretfully hundreds if not thousand of turtles lose their life on our highways. So , if you ever have a chance, please help a turtle out. Get them to the other side of the road or drop them off in a local wooded area or field where they will be safe.
Long live the Turtles!!!
To learn more about this turtle http://www.bio.davidson.edu/people/midorcas/research/Contribute/box%20turtle/boxinfo.htm