|Posted by PATC North - Blogger on April 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM|
Contributed by Gary Bruner, Overseer of Reese Hollow Shelter
Since the first time I ever encountered a turtle along the trail, decades ago, I've picked it up. That's just what you do. But.....
recently I decided that I would not. My new approach: Look but don't touch. A gesture of respect, live & let live...
Can you imagine what it feels like to be picked up by a creature so much bigger than ourselves?? So I simply got down to turtle level and just scoped out the critter from several feet away without actually touching it. Took a couple photos of this artfully constructed and adapted critter, then backed off and watched it slowly relax, stretch out its legs, and speed off (well, it actually ambled or moseyed, but you get the idea).
Now I'm not a strident animal-rights activist (although maybe I should be?), and in the future, say, if I am hiking a trail with Mister Tristan (the 6-year old human being, not the blog), and if we encounter a turtle, chances are I will pick it up to show Mister Tristan the bottom shell and the legs. You know, a teachable moment.
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