Slow And Steady Does Not Always Win The Race

I confess to finding this article somewhat disturbing: http://www.pressherald.com/news/College-students-turtle-project-takes-dark-twist.html.

The student in question put a realistic rubber turtle on the road to see what would happen. Over the next hour seven drivers swerved in order to deliberately hit it, while several more tried to hit it but missed. As Hal Herzog, a Western Carolina University psychology professor said, “Sometimes humans feel a need to prove they are the dominant species on this planet by taking a two-ton metal vehicle and squishing a defenseless creature under the tires.” This activity has been credited with being at least partially responsible for the slow decline in box turtles, who can take 10 minutes to get across a road.

According to the article these turtles take “seven or eight years to become¬†mature enough to reproduce, and in that time, they might make several trips across the road to get from one pond to another, looking for food or a place to lay eggs. A female turtle that lives 50 years might lay over 100 eggs, but just two or three are likely to survive to reproduce.”

Dr. F. Bunny

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  1. #1 by eastwitching on 04/01/2013 - 1:39 am

    I cannot understand why a human would purposely try to kill it.

    • #2 by vetsbeyondreason on 04/01/2013 - 9:55 pm

      A lot of these turtles are not actually killed outright. The lucky ones are picked up by more compassionate people who bring them to vets like me who either euthanase them because their shells are too badly smashed to repair or, if they are really lucky, their shells can be repaired and the turtles rehabilitated and released. Unfortunately, because of the turtle’s slow metabolic rate, this can take 18 months to two years. The unlucky ones are presumably left to die slowly by the roadside.

      • #3 by eastwitching on 06/01/2013 - 3:31 am

        Oh that is just to horrible to even imagine. I hope that minds change for the better and more consideration and love for the and all animals grows.

        It must be so hard for you do perform your work but you are helping them out of pain in all cases which is a blessing.

        Alison

      • #4 by vetsbeyondreason on 06/01/2013 - 11:28 am

        Thank you

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