Tuesday, July 20, 2010

It's A Jungle Out There

The other morning as I was returning home from a morning walk, this is what was parked in the driveway. Not being a nature lover and having a serious fear of reptiles, I was in a tizzy. Although I admit that I have zero to no nurturing in my being, I did feel somewhat sorry for the turtle; it was hot and she was in the sun with no water in sight.
Before getting water, I did what any other blogger would do...run to get the camera. I don't know why I broke my neck to get it in seconds, I was dealing with a turtle. By the time I returned she had moved maybe two inches. This turtle was shy...camera shy. I had to sneek up on it to get this shot. She was kinda cute.
My next move was to get the water. Because she was so low to the ground, I had to find something shallow. A lid! I border on genius. I also had to confine the reptile until I could decide on my next step. I found a wire basket that normal people use to store sweaters in those closet systems, but I had used it to cover daisies as they were growing to keep them from being the rabbits' lunch. Again, genius.

Next I had to deal with the sun. Got an umbrella and positioned it over the basket. I know, it's overwhelming.

After I got her comfortable I called Barbara and gave her a quick update. She mentioned that I might want to give her some lettuce. Done. She was starting to pout.

Now she was really pouting. Bless her heart, she kept trying to get out of her new home by banging her head against the basket. By this time I was exhaused. After an hour or so I decided that she had to go.

I called and begged my neighbor, Lee, who has two wonderful boys, to adopt this creature. She really didn't want to, but as luck would have it, one of her boys overheard our conversation and started to beg. Lee caved. She offered to come later that afternoon. Actually her two sons, Garrett and Evan, ended up walking over with a shoe box in tow. I didn't hear them, I must have been napping from the exhausing day, so I went over to her house and took this shot. Aren't they handsome? They had already done research and told me that it was a female box turtle. Handsome and smart...the boys, not the turtle.

After saying my goodbyes, I took one final shot. She was still pouting. After all I've done for her and that's the thanks I got. She was one ungrateful turtle.


Lee said...

Love it Nancy! You are so very funny! :-)

Doris said...

After being at Mary’s and Phil’s for a few weeks, I am home and playing catch up on yard work, blog reading, etc. I loved your turtle pictures and will share them with a friend who not only has turtles, but also SNAKES. He was a counselor at Huntington High, now retired, so is experienced in dealing with all kinds of creatures. Your previous blog about the bird nest reminded me of a nest at the James Cancer Center in Columbus. While sitting on a bench in a roomy. covered outdoor area, I was surprised to see a bird flying through under the roof. It lit on a horizontal beam attached to the building to support a light. This led me to notice the nest on that beam, then occupied by another bird. They were a couple. This was an area used to pick up passengers on the shuttle buses and courtesy ride cars. I was there enough to see the babies after they hatched and were learning to fly. People were all very respectful of the birds’ needs and it was a safe nesting site. I was told the nest had been there for several years.