Monday, July 27, 2009

Slowly But Surely Wins the Race

This very large (snapping?) turtle was attempting to cross the road at the entrance to our subdivision last week. I saw him from a distance while riding my bike and at first thought it was a big hunk of a blown tire. When I came up to him, I expected him to "hide" in his shell, but he just looked up at me and blinked.

Just then a father and his two young kids came up on their bikes. After a brief talk about how he could easily get squashed in the road, "Dad" picked up "Tommy the Turtle" - as the kids had quickly named him - and set him on the grass. "Heavy sucker!"

He didn't really move & we didn't stick around - but later that afternoon, I drove by there and Tommy was no where to be seen. Hopefully, he made his way back down to the marsh which borders our neighborhood.


Jacob said...

We've done before, too. I don't know if he's a snapper or've got to be a little careful around them, but if you pick 'em up by the shell you should be all right.

Deedledeedee said...

I have friends who have a tortoise and then one day another one just showed up to stay. Like where did that one come from? How long did it take it to get there?