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May 7, 2006


There once was a little girl. On her way to Grandma's house, she found a baby turtle struggling to cross the street. Concerned that the turtle wouldn't make it across the busy road, her dad picked it up and decided to help it out.

The turtle was small in the little girl's hands.


The girl and her dad took the turtle to the local nature center to talk with someone about what they should do. The naturalist at the center said the turtle was probably only a day old. She told the little girl she had three options. She could put the turtle in the lake, she could keep the turtle as a pet, or she could let the nature center put the turtle in an aquarium.

The little girl said she wanted to put the turtle in the lake. So, the little girl and her dad walked to a dock on the lake.


The little girl bent over on the dock until her fingers could touch the water.


And she let the turtle go.


And they watched the turtle swim away.


The little girl was very proud of her decision. "The turtle will be happier in the lake than he would be in a cage," she said.

Her dad was proud of the little girl, too, and he doubts the little girl will ever forget the time when they put the baby turtle in the lake.

It was a beautiful and memorable day.

Posted by snackeru at May 7, 2006 4:59 PM | Life


Awesome. What a find - "Little" Turtle is an understatement.

Posted by: bjhess at May 7, 2006 7:21 PM

What a kind gesture on the part of girl and her dad! But i don't find this turtle sweet.But the act is sweet!

Posted by: tom at May 8, 2006 7:43 AM

What a great story!!

Curt in Grand Forks (a very proud god-father!)

Posted by: Curt Hanson at May 8, 2006 9:11 AM


Posted by: Jeff A at May 8, 2006 12:52 PM

Thanks Jeff, Curt, and Barry! Glad you liked my little diversion.

Posted by: Shane at May 8, 2006 10:28 PM

What a nice story! These little things became a part of memories. I too liked your little diversion.

Posted by: sam at May 10, 2006 12:27 AM

Great story! Inspires us also. Thats so sweet on the part of that little girl. Sometimes kids motivate us to do what we think is just the wastage of time.

Posted by: joe at May 12, 2006 3:08 AM

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