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Box Turtles in the News

Jim Burroway

August 2nd, 2008

Katie describes herself as a Mac evangelist (same here!), mother, wife, grandmother, Redskins fan, 37-year Northern Virginia public school teacher, and a BTB reader. She turned us on to this Washington Post story about a heroic box turtle near the DC/Maryland border:

Radio-equipped Eastern Box TurtleThere’s a drug suspect in custody, so let’s credit her with the arrest. Her name is Turtle No. 72. And this is her story:

She is an Eastern box turtle, one of 135 counted by researchers in the park in recent years, and one of three puttering in the woods with tiny radio transmitters affixed to their shells so scientists can study their movements. …

Katie says, “I didn’t realize that we were tracking turtles and visiting them in the park, but actually I guess it’s better than some things we spend money on. Sounds like a job I might like.” Me too, most days.

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Emily K
August 2nd, 2008 | LINK

Huzzah for 72!

Bruce Garrett
August 2nd, 2008 | LINK

Katie says, “I didn’t realize that we were tracking turtles and visiting them in the park, but actually I guess it’s better than some things we spend money on.

Like, the war on drugs?

Emily K
August 2nd, 2008 | LINK

Hey, if 72 can help stop people from dealing, toking, shooting, snorting, and smoking, I’m all for her.

Bruce Garrett
August 3rd, 2008 | LINK

Well a Box Turtle certainly has as much chance of doing that as the war on drugs.

Jim Van Abbema
August 3rd, 2008 | LINK

Not sure the folks at the Washington Post realize this, but #72′s very red eyes strongly suggests she is a he. No matter, he/she is a gorgeous animal in any case! I have to agree with Emily K: Huzzah for 72!

David
August 3rd, 2008 | LINK

Katie, is that you? :)

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