It started about 5.45 last night when Jay and Tony came to my door with a turtle that Tony had smashed a big hole in it’s shell with a shovel. He hadn’t meant to do it, he was digging fence posts, he thought it was a rock.
What was so much more upsetting was that Claudia’s daughter had had this turtle, and 15 more, for many years, and given them a lot of love and attention. She gave Jay, her brother, five of them, he turned around and gave them to Rone`, the gal down the street, and they were hibernating there. Then Tony makes a great big deep hole in her back. He knew that they were there, why couldn’t he have been more careful.
As I already belong to WCT_Online_Turtle_and_Tortoise_Care@yahoogroups.com so that I can find out to best take care of Teacher, the tortoise, I immediately put out a cry for advice. I did everything I could for the little gal, but her wound was so large and deep, that I had to take her to a herpetologist in another town to have her put to sleep, today. She was suffering so.
I had read on the tort/turt group that the females were better pets than the males, and even just the few hours that I was with little Molly, I could see the difference. She would look at me, she knew I was trying to help her, and speaking volumes with her little eyes. When in good shape, I bet she was a character.
I had never thought of tort/turts as pets, I prefer furry critters, and wondered why the folks on the group were so ecstatic about them, but I understand it now.
When he was at Jay’s, Teacher would run up to me this summer, asking for treats, but never as expressive as Molly was. But he is in a nothing stage right now, almost into hibernation. But he sure perked up when he could tell there was a female turtle in the room!! MEN!!
I would like you to to see the video about Man's Best Friend from CBS:
Not in the mood to quote any quotes, today.