They need special lighting, special heating, special cages, and special food. They were not meant to be in a little aquarium. They need space to roam and dig and hunt and swim. Basically they need to be a turtle. So come winter, when they should be getting ready to hibernate, the poor turtles are starved down, have vitamin deficiencies, and many other medical problems. They are too weak to be released. That is when I get them. After the fun has worn off and the animal is about to die.
This year I have four box turtles. All of them were "RESCUED" from the wild. I still don't understand that.
One is very small, probably only three years old, and was kept in a shoe box on some one's desk. They gave him lettuce to eat and sometimes water to drink. (Box turtles don't like lettuce.) He was so weak when I first got him that I was afraid he would die. He wouldn't open his eyes. He wouldn't walk around his new box. He just sat there.
|Eating a Strawberry and Meal Worm Salad.|
Number two and three are both pretty healthy. They were underweight and dehydrated by the time I got them. They are both looking great after a soak and a few good meals. They will have no problem returning to the wild.
|I will miss him. He has been such a challenge and I love his spirit.|
I know they are just four little turtles and saving them will not change the world, but for them, the world is a better place. Once spring is here and the nights are warm, my four little rescues will get returned to the wild. I will take them to a place that is far from people and has everything a little turtle could ever want. I will undo what other people did to them. They will be free once more.