When was the last time turtles crossed your mind? If you stretch it could be when Michael Bay said he was going to make changes to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or it could be when you got sent the link to the zombie kid video. World Turtle Day is the day to change that – make you actually think about the actual animals.
World Turtle Day was started in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue as a day to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and encourage action to help them survive and thrive.
I have always had a soft spot in my heart for turtles because growing up I was lucky enough to have one. My brother and I would always take the desert tortoise named Flash to school for show and tell, a huge hit among class mates. Flash actually lived and still lives in my Grandmother’s backyard and has done so much longer than I’ve been around. I hope Flash continues to live for years to come.
After all they can have long life spans.
Turtles have been around on Earth for about 200 million years. There is a Giant Land Tortoise, named Jonathan, who is the world record holder for the oldest living animal at 176 yrs old. With habitats disappearing around the world some experts predict the disappearance of the creatures within 50 years unless they get help. Think World Turtle Day.
So take some time today to think about the turtles in your life and around the world and what can be done to help. If turtles have taught us anything it is that if they are put on a steady path it they will come out on top of the race.
To see more pictures of Turtles of all shapes and sizes check out Newscom.
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