If you recall from a post last year, my wife shared I have a compelling need to help any time we come across an animal attempting to cross a road. It bothers me to see the results otherwise. We came across a particular turtle on a quiet country road a while back that was slowly crossing, and I knew something had to be done. As you can see, it is a fairly decent sized snapping turtle. Snapping turtles, if you are not accustomed to personality wise, are a little headstrong. This was something I forgot, but came to remember pretty quickly. With the box turtle, they pull in their heads and legs and it is a cute moment and it is fairly easy to get them to safety.
Not so much when the initial response from the rescuee is to puff up on it’s hind legs and jump towards you snapping. Yes I said it jump! Now it was not something of a world record jump, but when you are reaching your hands down to grab the sides of the shell it does not take much to make you rethink strategy. After considering using an umbrella to coax the turtle across, I ultimately decided to stand in the road, give the turtle space and wait while it resumed a slow march across while I acted as a blocker.
My efforts to help the turtle only put myself in danger. Danger from getting a finger bit and danger by getting hit by a fast moving vehicle. I know it was a good show for my sweet wife at least, watching the two of us jump around for a bit.
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