Friday, April 15, 2005
  liberation of turtymonster
i got this little turtle, like, six years ago. he was tiny, tiny. egg tooth and all.

i got him a pretty nice little setup.

and fish to eat.

he grew to be pretty big. i think his paws now are bigger than he was altogether when i got him.

from this:

to this:

and this was even a couple of years ago, so he probably has grown since.

i loved him a lot. you know, for a grumpy turtle.

ed has a lake thing by his house. turtles live in it. sometimes i'd see the turtles basking happily and feel bad for the turtle, who lived inside in a 55-gallon tank. he loved to fish, he loved to bask.. wouldn't he be happier outside? the thought plagued me for weeks. while going to the store one bright, sunny day, i passed the little lake and smiled at the happy basking turtles. then i did a u-turn and went to get my turtle so i could let him go. ed and i giggled at the turtle when we saw him realize, while sitting in my hand, that he was free to go. then he swamswamswamp, stopping to investigate, oh, sticks and stuff.

so now this is where he lives.

now he can bask with the anhingas. knowing him, he probably tries to eat them.

it's been a couple of weeks. i've seen him out there a few times now, basking with the other ones. the first time i saw him, i ran home to get ed to come look with me. it about made me cry.

i got pics the other day, but they turned out not so great. i probably won't see him again, camera in hand, for at least a week. so take this. looks like a pic of the loch ness monster, doesn't it?

i know you shouldn't release animals into the wild, but i researched online and didn't see anything bad about sliders in florida. i've seen them around. and while they're not native to here - i think they're only native south to georgia or something - i didn't find anything that they were hurting our ecosystem. australia, yes. florida, no.

and i had no doubt he'd survive. he catches fish like a mofo.

so i don't recommend you go out and buy a baby turtle and raise to to adulthood and let it go, but turty is a special case. i'm so much happier with him out in the lake, knowing that he's so much happier too. :)
aww, sweet story!
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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