Security guard Les Thompson is responsible for saving this beautiful Brisbane short-neck turtle after a group of children placed it in the road to watch it get run over by a car.
(Source: 7pm TV News QLD)
Hearing the children yelling he went to inspect the area and noticed the turtle bleeding with a cracked shell. He rushed it to the local RSPCA just in the nick of time.
RSPCA spokesman Michael Beattie says there is often a spike in animal cruelty during school holidays.
“Incidents such as this are just really depressing and to be honest animal cruelty that starts at an early age is a very worrying thing to lead into your future life,” he added.
Mr. Thompson was rightfully horrified by the incident. “It is concerning, especially when you get eight to 12-year-olds wanting to put wildlife on the road and have it run over for sheer pleasure – that is just so wrong.”
The turtle is considered extremely lucky to be on the road to a full recovery and has been named ‘Security Les’ after his rescuer.