Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Painted Turtle

Yertle the turtle came wandering across the road. Some nice people stopped, rather than run it over, and put it on the other side of the road, which happend to be our front yard.

I think it was a "painted turtle". It was also, literally, painted, because it had the letters "PBR" painted on it's shell in pink nailpolish. What does that stand for anyway, "Pabst Blue Ribbon"? Stupid people.

Since we didn't think nailpolish remover would be such a good idea for a turtle, we gently chipped it off with our fingernails. My husband, Dave, my best friend, Joanna and I. It seemed pretty calm about the whole procedure.

We then put it into a galvanized washtub with a big rock to crawl on and some lettuce and peas from our garden to eat. We placed it in the sun. It seemed pretty content.

The next day we brought it to a nearby lake and let it go.

Bye Bye, Yertle. Hope you have a nice turtley life. Posted by Picasa


Anonymous ellie said...

Hooray for you and for turtle-rescuers everywhere!

This morning I saw a box turtle that had just successfully crossed the highway. I've been fretting about him all day.


2:50 PM  
Blogger katiedid said...

Maybe in this case "PBR" stood as an acronym for "Put Back in River?" I wonder if some idiots had some sort of informal turtle race? That's what they do to mark the different turtles in races is paint the shells, though, uh, nail polish is not normally used. Someone must have gotten a "bright" idea.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Jenny G said...

Awww. My uncle got me a pet turtle for my birthday one year. I put it down and it disappeared in the ground cover, never to be found again.

6:37 AM  
Blogger Bubbles said...

I love Yertle!

2:21 PM  
Blogger Darius said...

I used to drive through a pretty rural area that nevertheless got pretty busy with tourist season after Memorial Day. One day I was zipping along a winding road and starting to round a curve when the brake lights of the driver or two directly in front of me went on and I saw that cars headed the opposite way were crawling too.

So was a huge green turtle - crawling directly across the traffic. I don't know if turtles ever try to be in a hurry or if you can tell, but he appeared to be "just being himself." It wasn't a place anybody could pull over - narrow road - but I'm guessing he made it because there was enough traffic that everyone would have had to slow up like I'd had to before getting to him.

5:52 AM  
Blogger ticharu said...

Turtles are great. I like the turtle in that 1950s cartoon 'duck & cover'

6:32 AM  
Blogger iamnasra said...

Amias has been highlighted in LIP (www.livinginpoetry.blogspot.com)

7:01 AM  
Blogger mireille said...

thanks for taking care of the turtle, K. And it was great to see your comment on my blog. Yup, sometimes it's surprising who's a witch, huh? xoxo

7:43 PM  
Blogger Nova said...

I had crossed paths with a turtle once and brought it home for awhile to feed it and give it some human love, but unfortunately, my dog went crazy around it, and I only had the turtle with me for ten minutes before I had to let it go free again since I was afraid of what my dog would do to it.

Maybe one day you'll cross paths with Yertle again. :-)

7:32 AM  
Blogger Salt Water said...

How nice of you guys! I love to here about people having mercy on the little ones of this world. Thanks, Kate.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

I woulda written "BOH" on the back. Rock on', Natty!

8:31 PM  
Blogger Peevish said...

That is a very handsome turtle!

8:58 PM  
Blogger Salt Water said...

Wow! Been quite some time. Hope all is well.

7:38 PM  
Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

Hmm. I've never met a turtle that made me want to drink before ...

8:54 PM  
Blogger Eden said...

Just found your blog and love it. My brother talks to animals and hears messages from chirping birds. He's a little bit mad, but not at all bad, and I love his birdsong ways.

4:52 AM  
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hope to see you there
warm wishes

2:37 AM  
Blogger The Country Craft Angel said...

Sorry-will put you a link to make it easier.


That is where Eden and me both 'live' too.
I spotted her link to you which is what brought me in.

2:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a great life to be a cute little turtle living in someone's back garden! ;-)

xox Girl and the City (in Paris!)


7:51 PM  

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