Happy World Turtle Day! Started in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, World Turtle Day was created as an “annual observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.”
This is the legendary Woody, who once ran away from home and was returned to a very distraught George by a young man who found him a street over behind our house.
Susan Tellem, one of the founders of American Tortoise Rescue, has some great recommendations for things that both adults and children can do to “help to save turtles and tortoises for the next generation:
- Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop as it increases demand from the wild.
- Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured.
- If a tortoise is crossing a busy street, pick it up and send it in the same direction it was going – if you try to make it go back, it will turn right around again.
- Write letters to legislators asking them to keep sensitive habitat preserved or closed to off road vehicles, and to prevent off shore drilling that can lead to more endangered sea turtle deaths.
- Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal control shelter.
- Report the sale of any turtle or tortoise of any kind less than four inches. This is illegal throughout the U.S.”