Another Baby Snapper Rescue!

By Jonathan Mayo

Many of us were overjoyed to hear of WildCare's recent rescue of snapping turtle eggs from a deceased mother. Their release into the wild was a fulfilling experience for staff/supporters. Thanks to the sharp eye of my son Brandon, we were able to rescue a very dry baby snapping turtle who was near death and far away from water.

We figured the little trooper was disoriented from last night's rains. We found him/her uphill from the power lines at Nickerson State Park, a stone's throw from the entrance and very far from the nearest water at Triangle pond.

This is how he/she looked before we gave some moisture from our water bottles.

We quickly brought her where she needed to go and when she reached water, instinct kicked in. She quickly burrowed in the muck to seek some R&R. It was the highlight of our day!


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