Kentucky Turtle Resurgence Reminds Me of a ‘Snapping’-ly Good Story
Turtles are making a comeback. Well, that is if they ever DID fall out of favor. But suddenly, I'm seeing Kentucky turtle stories.
And they remind me of my own.
First, let's take a moment to salute this gentleman as he walks his tortoise across a street in Louisville. (And that tortoise is moving at a pretty good clip, too.)
And then, in Clark County, Kentucky, we have news of a turtle that wandered out of his yard.
And yes, they need to find that turtle before it does get too cold.
Two turtle stories in the last week isn't a lot, I realize, but when was the last time there WERE two stories ABOUT turtles IN Kentucky in the same week?
I'm a big fan of turtles (but please forgive me if I'm curious how turtle soup tastes). We had turtles as pets when I was a kid because my mom was a big fan, too.
Consequently, I've been that guy who will gladly help turtles across the street whenever I can. And, if you do that, by the way, just help them across the street. Don't take them elsewhere, because that would be removing them from their natural environment and they'll actually try to find their way back.
I'm a little wary of doing that now, though.
A few years ago, I was out on Martin Luther King Loop and I saw a turtle trying to make its way across the street. So I stopped and got out and went over and picked up to carry it on across. As soon as I did, its head whipped out and went for my hand. It was a snapping turtle. I dropped it immediately and it landed on its back. Stupid me, I headed back over to kick it right side up, but he flipped over on his own and turned around and started heading in my direction.
So forget it. I got back in the car and went on my way. No good deed goes unpunished, as they say.
You know, come to think of it, maybe I DON'T feel so guilty about wanting to try turtle soup, after all.