Turtle Rescue

Last month I was driving up St. Mary’s Road in Libertyville just south of Old School Forest Preserve. The car just ahead of me drove over what looked like a round object in the road. Passing over the object, I looked in the rearview mirror. It was spinning like a top. It took my mind about 3 seconds to register that it looked like a turtle. Should I stop, should I not, was my next thought. Who was I kidding? Would I ever pass up an animal in need? Never.

I swung into a driveway and pulled around and headed back. I pulled over on the gravel shoulder and when there was a break in traffic ran across the street and stood next to a turtle, the size of an appetizer plate. It was smack on the left side of the road. It’s head and legs were tucked deep inside its shell.

I snatched it up and ran back across to my car. I put the little guy on the passenger seat and thought about what to do with him. I pulled onto the road and headed to the forest preserve across the street. Half way to my destination"a little pond on forest preserve land"the turtle popped his head out. Next thing I knew it was running around my car like a giant spider with a shell. I am not ashamed to say I was saying a lot of, "oh no’s, and "uh oh's" and other non-descript guttural nonsense as I drove along, trying to get this creepy crawly thing under control at the same time as using stick shift.

Mustering some courage I snatched him up around his shell so he would stop crawling around my car and began talking to him like I would a dog. "Now you stay, be a good turtle," etc. Sweat trickled down my brow as I juggled turtle in hand, winding forest preserve road and stick shift. I sat the turtle down on the seat for a moment so I could turn into the parking lot and reminded him to "stay" until I could stop. I jerked to a halt, slammed the parking brake up and grabbed the turtle. As much as I love animals I just wanted this creepy crawly thing out of my car and back in nature where he would be far more appreciated.

Arm fully outstretched in front of me (as if he would turn and attack) I went straight for the little pond and gently set the turtle down. Placing my hands on my hips I watched the turtle slowly ease his way into the water. "Have a nice life little guy," I told him before I turned, wiped the sweat from my forehead and headed home.

Date: November 18, 2006
Posted By: Sandy Kamen Wisniewski

View All Blog Entries

View All Adoptable Pets »

"We Need Homes!"

MissySterlingKiraKatyTobyHamster 4FelixCocoOreoKimmiePaisleyKailaCaydenReislingDustyNosh