Turtle hit by car doesn’t survive but vet manages to save the 56 babies she was carrying.

(Source Bethwood Patch )

Woodbridge Animal Control picked the snapping turtle up after it had been hit by a car in town. Nearly half the shell had been shattered, but the turtle was still alive.

That’s where Jim Micinilio comes in, and when the story takes a twist that is simultaneously sad and uplifting.

Given the severity of the damage to the shell, Micinilio, a co-owner of Countryside Veterinarian Hospital in Shelton, had to put the turtle down. But not before he noticed the turtle was pregnant.

So the Stratford resident carefully extracted the eggs — 56 in total — and saved them. They’re now incubating, and in less than a week he’ll be able to tell if they’re fertile.

If they are, he’ll keep them safe until they hatch, usually in about two to three months, and then release the baby turtles near where the mother was found in Woodbridge.

“I’ve done this many times before,” Micinilio says. “It’s kind of rewarding.”

“Unfortunately the mother dies, but you can at least raise these little ones and put ‘em back in the wild.”

Snapping turtles are common in our area, and it’s this time of year when the mothers look for a nest for their eggs. That journey often involves walking across roadways.  

As a result, Micinilio says, “This is unfortunately a common occurrence.”

Turtle hit by car doesn’t survive but vet manages to save the 56 babies she was carrying.

(Source Bethwood Patch )

Woodbridge Animal Control picked the snapping turtle up after it had been hit by a car in town. Nearly half the shell had been shattered, but the turtle was still alive.

That’s where Jim Micinilio comes in, and when the story takes a twist that is simultaneously sad and uplifting.

Given the severity of the damage to the shell, Micinilio, a co-owner of Countryside Veterinarian Hospital in Shelton, had to put the turtle down. But not before he noticed the turtle was pregnant.

So the Stratford resident carefully extracted the eggs — 56 in total — and saved them. They’re now incubating, and in less than a week he’ll be able to tell if they’re fertile.

If they are, he’ll keep them safe until they hatch, usually in about two to three months, and then release the baby turtles near where the mother was found in Woodbridge.

“I’ve done this many times before,” Micinilio says. “It’s kind of rewarding.”

“Unfortunately the mother dies, but you can at least raise these little ones and put ‘em back in the wild.”

Snapping turtles are common in our area, and it’s this time of year when the mothers look for a nest for their eggs. That journey often involves walking across roadways.  

As a result, Micinilio says, “This is unfortunately a common occurrence.”

The Turtle

tenacioustortoise:

The turtle, oh the turtle;
he has rolled over onto his shell!
If we do not flip him;
the sun will give him hell!

The turtle, oh the turtle;
he is on the brink of death.
If we do not flip him;
these will be his dying breaths.

The turtle, oh the turtle;
baking in the sunlight.
It seems he has no hope;
but still he puts up a fight.

The turtle, oh the turtle;
it seems his never ending efforts have paid off;
for now he stands on his legs;
no longer having anything to fear.
All because he never gave up;
all because his efforts were sincere.

The turtle, oh the turtle;
is now free to live a normal life.
Without fear of death or strife.
For the turtle was able to roll back to his feet;
oh he did it all on his own.
For he never gave up, oh no he did not;
he simply kept trying, not losing his peppy attitude;
his happy-go-lucky tone.
For the turtle, he is a determined one;
never giving up – never letting go.
He’s similar to the mailman – nothing stops him;
not rain, nor sleet, nor snow.

The Turtle

tenacioustortoise:

The turtle, oh the turtle;
he has rolled over onto his shell!
If we do not flip him;
the sun will give him hell!

The turtle, oh the turtle;
he is on the brink of death.
If we do not flip him;
these will be his dying breaths.

The turtle, oh the turtle;
baking in the sunlight.
It seems he has no hope;
but still he puts up a fight.

The turtle, oh the turtle;
it seems his never ending efforts have paid off;
for now he stands on his legs;
no longer having anything to fear.
All because he never gave up;
all because his efforts were sincere.

The turtle, oh the turtle;
is now free to live a normal life.
Without fear of death or strife.
For the turtle was able to roll back to his feet;
oh he did it all on his own.
For he never gave up, oh no he did not;
he simply kept trying, not losing his peppy attitude;
his happy-go-lucky tone.
For the turtle, he is a determined one;
never giving up – never letting go.
He’s similar to the mailman – nothing stops him;
not rain, nor sleet, nor snow.