Speedy the turtle

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by KristyHall, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. KristyHall

    KristyHall Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 27, 2011
    North Alabama
    I have a habit of stopping to escort animals out of the road. It usually does not matter what animal it is. Snakes, frogs, turtles (even snapping turtles) possums...

    Well I found a turtle, and decided since I was close to the refuge I would drive it over there and drop it off.

    I plopped it in the passenger seat, assuming it would stay put as most of the other turtles I rescue tend to do and started driving. The 6 to 8 inch long turtle decided it would not stay put and lept off the seat, getting stuck, butt up in the air, between the seat and the door. so without looking over I reached over and pulled it back into the seat, and the turtled launched into the floor board and proceeded to make LAPS around the car.

    The turtle zoomed under the seats over the back floor boards up under my seat under my legs over the dividing bump between the driver's seat and the front passenger seat, and back again.

    By the time I reached the refuge, I had lost track of the turtle but I could smell a "present" from the little wet racer. I pulled over by a beaver dam and got out and spent ten minutes trying to find it in my relatively clean car. finally I see it, reach for it and it zips away, and I am chasing the turtle around the car.

    This is a medium sized turtle, it is not like it can hide easily but it could move under and around the seats and car like a boarder collie on an obstical course. Finally I catch the little devil and it's legs are paddling quickly, it's claws scraping at my hand and it is hissing at me.

    I am laughing by now and I carry the squirming struggling little thing over to the water's edge and set it in the grass to give it a choice as to weather it wants to go into the water or not. Instead it sits there and stares at me. I nudge it and tell it it is free to go and it still sits there, no longer having the desire to race around [​IMG]
  2. ChooksinChoppers

    ChooksinChoppers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    Ocala, Florida.
    [​IMG] Silly Turtle! I used to work out of our local airport which had huge canals on either side of the access road and I was always stopping for turtles to help them get over the curb ..they would walk for miles trying to get over that curb and get exhausted in the heat and if I had traffic behind me i couldnt stop and would see many many cars just run over them [​IMG] of course not a ONE of them realised their car was so low it wouldnt pass over the poor thing but would drag it along until it was injured beyond help....Morons! [​IMG]
    The trick is, I was told,is to put them on the side of the road they were heading for, otherwise they would just turn around and go back the way they came.
  3. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Crazy turtle!!!!
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    [​IMG] Love the story.. [​IMG]
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Now you know why I keep gloves and a box or cage in my truck! [​IMG] Wonderful turtle story!
  6. KristyHall

    KristyHall Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 27, 2011
    North Alabama
    Quote:I use to do things like that but now I simply don't have room. I don't do animal rescue and rehabilitation any more either, though the urge is still there.
  7. turney31

    turney31 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 14, 2008
    palestine texas
  8. bakerjw

    bakerjw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2010
    Johnson City, Tn
    We are constantly rescuing turtles around here. And yes. They are sprinters for a short while.
  9. KristyHall

    KristyHall Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 27, 2011
    North Alabama
    Quote:I knew they could move fast but but I was surprised at this turtle's agility on top of it.

    One of these days I'm going to get the stew bit out of me by one.

    I've already been bit by just about everything else.

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