I took a break from studying on Saturday to go for a walk, and I came across this tortoise sunning in the grass at the bottom of the hill.  We sat for a while before he (she?) decided to make a move for the road.


At which point my little buddy found himself airborne as I carried him to the swamp.  The tortoise kept his (her?) head out the whole time and seemed not to mind.

I didn't want this to happen to this young'un.  This made me sick since this older turtle would have been in a wide-open part of the road and been plainly visible.


The poor thing dragged himself to his death about a foot and a half away from where he was hit.  How strong is the drive to go on despite the odds?  I guess we can honor that by slowing down.  Slowing down is good because this....
...becomes this.


Our World Tuesday

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  1. That poor tortoise. Well done to you for helping the other one.

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  2. Hate to see that. Thanks for your help. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. That's a heart-wrencher. It's a shame we lose so many. A few days ago, we were driving on Canada's biggest and fastest highway. I looked to my right, just beyond the grassy slope of the on ramp, and there we saw two geese and their small parade of four goslings trying to merge into traffic.. or so it seemed. My last glimpse back at them told me that they might have decided to turn around and go back. I sure hope so.

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  4. I too wish I'd moved one I saw on the road. When I returned someone had smashed it. I was so mad at myself for being in a hurry and not rescuing it when I first saw it.

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  5. Well done for your thoughtful act.

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  6. glad you helped the turtle on his way

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  7. How sad, I am always swerving to avoid to hit the critters in the street. You are great for caring for the critters. Have a happy week!

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  8. i do hate when folks hit 'em!

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  9. Pain exultation life.

    Well shared, S



    Aloha

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  10. This happens way to often.

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  11. You are a good Samaritan. I've helped a few tortoises across the road before. Too bad the driver didn't slow down and evade at least the other one.

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  12. sad ending but you helped one make it somewhere!

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  13. ohh that was very sad!so sdad i can not watch!poor little thingy!
    Please continue to help all animals in need!
    Greeetings from Norway

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  14. Poor baby
    Some people just don't care.
    They say roads are for cars.

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  15. I hope somebody didn't hit the turtle on purpose! You are a turtle Good Samaritan!

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  16. It does indeed break my heart when something like this happens!! You are such a good and caring person and I wish there were more like you in what is sometime "our sad world" Thank you, Sandy for caring!

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  17. That is very bad. With some concern for the surroundings lot of life can be saved.

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  18. Anonymous4:56 AM

    Oh gosh, that poor crushed tortoise!

    Love the photos of the whole tortoise and those flowers too...

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  19. Thats not a nice image - but the urge to keep going is remarkable.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  20. This is a moving post about the needless destruction and bravery of life. It is sad to see wildlife as well as human life carelessly tossed and smashed into oblivion due to speed.

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  21. Your post makes me angry, sad and gives me hope at the same time. Hope because in time, flowers bloom, and because there are loving, sensitive people on earth who mourn the killing of an innocent.

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  22. So nice you helped that poor turtle.
    Greetings from Turin.

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  23. Thank you for saving that turtle, Sandy. I do that also when I see one on the road.
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