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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

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Born Free

Remember last September when the boys "rescued" two box turtles who were "stuck together?"

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Proof that pulling out (or being pulled out) is ineffective birth control:

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We found this little tyke floating in a deep puddle made by hard rains last week. He seemed a bit peaked, and the temperatures dropped, so we've been keeping him inside, while the garden warms back up. Any suggestions how and when to reintroduce him to the backyard? I was thinking of writing "DON'T EAT ME" on his back with a Sharpie. We kind of like him.

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12 Comments:

Blogger JCK said...

So cute! How fun a discovery.

11:07 PM  
Blogger Cid said...

Every summer my boys rescue a dozen or so baby snapping turtles from our pool. The mother climbs up the very steep riverbank behind our house to lay her eggs at the edge of our driveway, then if they aren't dug up and eaten they have to make their way back down again. Who says Mother Knows Best?

8:42 AM  
Blogger Brit said...

I'm sure the other turtles are all literate so the sharpie should work great....hmm

11:10 AM  
Blogger HaikuKelly said...

Ah. Cute. What have you been feeding it?

11:50 AM  
Blogger bluebird of paradise said...

keep it. do you remeber turtle soup in Tobago?

4:16 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

I DO remember the "rescue". Precious story. I think we could stand in line to prove that pulling out is ineffective birth control.

No advice on how to handle turning a little turtle loose. Sorry.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Jennifer H said...

There are a few branches of my family tree that can back you up on that.

Have you called...(I don't know who - Fish and Game?) for advice?

10:58 PM  
Blogger littlepurplecow said...

Oh my gosh... too cute.

7:33 AM  
Blogger katrynka said...

So sweet and cute!! I have never seen a box turtle so small. When we were kids, they used to eat the tomatoes in our garden... well, they would actually take one bite, then more onto the next tomato. We would not have minded if they finished off a few, rather than ruining many more! But my parents let us keep them in a box for a while.. with tomatoes, lettuce, leaves etc, then set them free again. But they were full grown.

6:49 AM  
Blogger Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Oh, we'd totally keep that little guy. I can't imagine convincing my kids to release him...

10:54 AM  
Blogger Shelley said...

We had an entire turtle city in our backyard in Albuquerque. They ate our dog's food but went absolutely nuts over strawberries. Each night we had to "rescue" them - Lisette would collect them in her empty sandbox, turtle-shaped sandbox too!

10:30 PM  
Blogger Geoff Meeker said...

We had pet (wild) turtles* when I was small, and they are not great eaters when in captivity... with one exception. They always loved to eat earthworms. Your little guy might appreciate such a snack, though it would have to be a pretty small worm.

*That's right, there are no turtles in Newfoundland. We smuggled them in, hidden in tobacco tins in our carry-on bags, when flying back from Ontario.

12:25 PM  

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