Month: May 2012

The Great Turtle Rescue

If you were at the intersection of Old Alabama and Nesbit Ferry Roads around three p.m. today, you might have witnessed my daughter Reagan and me running  behind a very large turtle down the sidewalk alongside traffic. Reagan pointed out the lumbering beast as we turned at the light just minutes before. Reagan thought I’d lost my mind when I suggested we go save the reptile. I reminded her of my many animal rescues growing up in the “wild” of rural Louisiana. Grabbing a box from home and heavy gloves from the woodpile, we sped back to where she’d seen first seen him/her. I could hear my dentist/germaphobe husband in my head saying, “You know turtles carry salmonella, don’t you?” So, the gloves were not only for protection from a possible biter, but any diseases as well. Another couple stopped to help, and they seemed knowledgable on the exact species and behaviors in the wild of whence we dealt. Apparently our turtle was the largest of its kind they’d ever seen, and therefore, the oldest–and loved …