A half dozen hatchlings, scattered about on our farm road. A farm road that is laden with farmers driving their hulking farming machines from field to field.
A painted turtle - the ones I saw were the size of a nickel. I know this because I balanced a nickel on the back (carapace) of one.
Really, I did
Vehicle operators around here are accustomed to keeping an eye out for darting deer, and dodging rabbits, possums, raccoons, fox, red-tailed squirrels the size of Pomeranians, and kamikaze birds who insist on taking curb-to-curb flight paths instead of doing what should be a natural instinct - to fly Up. Translation: moving through space away from the earth, not across it.
Apathetic, lazy or stupid bird
Smart bird that knows which way is UP
shell during transit.
Uh, feeling a little boxed in here folks
Heard you're running a special on manicures...while you're at it, could use a wash and wax too
And you think those Whydidthechickencrosstheroad jokes are funny. Hah!
Spike's the name, deflating tires is my game
There's something very satisfying about coming to the aid of an animal. Years ago when we lived in Gainesville, I took a crash course through The Humane Society on how to care for newborn flying squirrels after finding one at the base of a tree, eyes still closed. And got more tips and training on how to handle injured birds. Doves and cardinals were my most frequent patients. Don't know what that says about the size of their bird brains...
Near Daytona Beach I found a hatchling green sea turtle laboring across the sand. Scooped it up in a discarded to-go cup and handed it over to a Wildlife and Fisheries employee.
I think I can, I think I can...
Any turtle hurdling going on where you live? For those of you in countries outside the U.S. of A., do you have critters on your roads that make for precarious driving?