Myrtle the Turtle
Meet Myrtle, the red eared slider:
No, neither Caroline, nor I have a pet turtle, although that does sound fun. This is actually a turtle that my mom rescued on the side of the road just the other day. While this isn’t entirely (or at all really) related to our blog, I felt it was worth sharing with you all. While this hasn’t happened in a long time, when I was younger my mom frequently used to rescue “near-run over” turtles on the side of the road, always bringing them back to our house to later release them in a safe area–in this case, transporting said turtle in her gym bag in the back of the car! It was always extremely exciting for me, as I (and Caroline, by the way) have always been a huge animal lover. I only wish I could be the rescuer one of these days!
And that is my cat, Max, checking out Myrtle before we made him into turtle soup. Kidding! Don’t panic, people. This was merely a nice (and closely monitored) meet-and-greet before bringing him out to the stream in the backyard. Although Caroline did have turtle soup once when she was about 8 years old. Her family’s from New Orleans, and when she ate it she had no idea it was an actual turtle…and when she found out, she started bawling because she loves animals and never would have opted to eat a cute little turtle. She cried even harder though because according to her, it tasted “so damn good”, so she felt even guiltier for liking it. This story makes me laugh.
The moral of the story is…we released Myrtle back out into the wild, hopefully in a place where it will take him a LONG time to ever venture into danger again. Oh yah, and try to avoid unknowingly eating turtle soup. The End.
Have any readers out there ever rescued an animal on the side of the road before? Turtle, bird, dog, cat, squirrel even? We’d love to hear about it!