I showed you a pic of this little guy last week
but I didn't tell you about him.
He is a Florida soft shell turtle, and his home is
primarily the water.
#2 daughter Mallory (23 yo) found him on our
property line on a 98 degree day. She said we needed
to "rescue" him and take him to the water. I felt sure
he could find his own way since the water is just up
the street from our house, but she insisted that we
must SAVE him! I simply couldn't pass up this
opportunity to indulge my daughter's sense of
responsibility for protecting this interesting
So...we discussed how to make this rescue happen!
We decided to put water in the cooler, turn it on it's
side and surely he would crawl right in, right??
This guy's neck when stretched out is about 8 inches
long so there was no way we were going to pick him
up and get bit!!
Much to our amazement...the plan worked.
We got him into the cooler, put the cooler on
a towel in the back seat of my car, and drove
around the corner to the lake so we could
Of course we had to snap a shot
of the rescue team in their moment of glory!!
Willy headed for the water immediately!!!
And returned to the surface briefly to show his
gratitude (I missed his head popping up,
but you can see the little ripples just above the
center of the pic) Quit laughing...this is serious
stuff here!! ;o)
So there you have it in case you missed it on the
WILLY IS FREE!!
Have a great day!!