Thursday, June 14, 2007

Bright Lights, Big Turtle

Here’s the problem. All the little turtles keep getting out of my pond. They get out of the pond, then they get out of the little fence around the pond, and then they get out of my yard. So I’m done with little turtles.

Not long ago, I helped a rather large snapper cross the road. Since that day I have been thinking about getting me one of those big snappers. So today, we went fishing and low and behold this fellow comes along. From the water to the net, from the net to the bucket and from the bucket... well, I put him/her back in the lake.

I’m not sure why. Maybe I didn’t think having a 2-foot snapping turtle in my yard was all that safe. Or maybe it smelled really terrible. Or maybe I just thought he/she would be happier swimming around a lake then some little pond in my yard.

So did I do the right thing? I could go back. This turtle was way cool. Big alligator feet and claws. Fast action neck with kung-fu jaws. But smelly. Did I mention smelly? Smelly.


C.R. Evers said...

my vote is to keep the big guy in the pond. Although his feet are very cool, he looks like he could easily snap off the fingers of a kid or the nose of a Wog.

The first word that comes to my mind is L I A B I L I T Y

Best to admire him from afar.


Kathleen Rietz said...

Hmmm...he may have a life and family in the lake, you know? I sense he would be happiest there, not taken against his own plans and placed in a man-made pond with a bunch of new strangers. You did the right thing.