One morning, I heard Shadow barking nonstop. However, Shadow likes to bark at the neighbor dogs across the fence. He likes to bark at the deer. He likes to bark at the squirrels. He likes to bark at the birds . . . getting the picture? Shadow likes to bark at any and all nature that enters his world. So you guessed it . . . I ignored his barking. Later when I was at the kitchen window, I noticed the squirrel Shadow was barking at wasn’t moving very quickly. I didn’t have my glasses on but I suddenly realized what the slow moving creature was. It was a turtle. (This is one of the hardest photos I’ve ever taken. That darn dog and turtle would not sit still and pose for a photo. You know they say never work with animals or children. I guess Joyce and I are in trouble!)
The kids and I ran outside! How in the world did a turtle get into our fenced-in backyard? We still haven’t solved that mystery.
MacGyver, quickly swept up the turtle to rescue it from Shadow’s relentless barking. MacGyver is not scared of any creepy, crawly animals. I know. I know. He should be more careful. But he appears to suffer from the Crocodile Hunter syndrome. I hope Shadow doesn’t find a crocodile in the backyard!
MacGyver and Miss Enigma immediately get to work on a science project. The two work together to create a turtle habitat. Very few creatures at our home get away without at least a few days of captivity for science observations. Talk about hands-on learning!
Miss Enigma is a three-year-old little girl. Aren’t three-year-old little girls suppose to be scared of creepy, crawly things? I guess she’s going to be her brother’s animal hunting side-kick. She handles almost everything he does. No, Mommy doesn’t handle any of these creepy, crawly science observations!
After a week of observations, it was time to release the turtle into his natural habitat. MacGyver thought our town park would be the perfect home for his turtle. He surveys the clear spring fed waters, deciding if this will be the release location.
The children release the turtle and say their goodbyes. The turtle takes his time checking out his new home.
Finally, the turtle takes the plunge and goes for a swim in the spring fed waters of his new home. That’s him right in the middle of the photo. Really, he’s there!
The turtle’s new home even comes with friendly ducks. When we start our homeschool habitat study in the fall, the children will be able to call upon all of their hands-on experiences with the animals in their world.
By the way, does anyone know what kind of turtle this is? From our research, we have some guesses. We did a big internet research study and tried to match the markings of our turtle. We think he might be a Red Eared Slider. These teachable moments are priceless!
What is your best or most unexpected backyard discovery?
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