World Turtle Day
World Turtle Day is an annual observance held every May 23rd. It began in 2000 and is sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue. The day was created as a yearly observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats, as well as to encourage human action to help them survive and thrive
Back on June 21st, 2020, we looked out in the front yard and saw this cute little turtle. Of course I had to take his picture. He looks almost like the box turtle we used to have named Herbie.
Then the mister took him back down to the lake. Guess he stayed there. He was a fast little guy. When I was taking his photo he was walking so fast I could barely keep up with him.
Here’s a post I wrote in 2019 about our box turtle Herbie.
Mystery Box Chickens sitting in cream colored box with the pink framed chalk board that says Herbie.
They say “Where’s Herbie?” and “He’s in his box”
HERBIE THE TURTLE
Herbie is/was a box turtle. We lost him. Well, really we just don’t know what happened to him. He got lost, or ran (turtle speed) away, or got
kid /turtle napped. Anyway, he is gone.
Herbie (the Herbascious One) had been with us for years. My daughter bought him from the pet store in Killeen, Texas. He was as ‘spunky’ as a turtle can get. He roamed around the house, ate canteloupes, raw hamburger meat, and even peed on my husbands’s uncle one time, when he was holding him.
We’d fix him holiday meals, and buy him presents. He looked cute, standing by the colorful gifts, but that’s about as far as it would go. He never played with them. Sometimes, my daughter would put cute stickers on his shell, and later would paint non-toxic glow in the dark paint on his shell, so we could find him in the dark.
He got along fine with the dogs. He’d follow them around, but they had time to move out of his way, even though Herbie was pretty fast for a turtle. One time he was looking poorly, so we took him to the vet. They gave him a shot, and gave us some needles and meds to give him his shots at home (my husband did this). The medicine worked, and he felt better soon.
When we moved to this house, we’d let him outside during the day. He’d be fine wandering around the yard. One day we couldn’t find him…he was gone. That’s been quite a few years ago. We think, hope, maybe he found a turtle girlfriend, and she might have led him astray, down to her place by the playa lake by our house. There is a whole turtle community there, who have lakefront property.
Turtles live long lives, so he could be out there somewhere, living the good life with his friends. Let’s hope so…but, we do miss that character.
Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️
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