There have been quite a few of these large turtles saved around here recently. They seem to be seen often on roadsides...teetering on the brink of a fatal crossing. They end up in the back of the truck...and end up near the stream or pond.
This one Chris spotted as he was headed into the field the other morning and so the kids and I went to have a look. I have told our children many times about the plight of the giant sea turtles. Chris and I were able to witness them lumbering up the shores of western Costa Rica to lay their eggs 11 years ago on our honeymoon. They know that the turtles may not make it as they swim the ocean, they understand that many animals including humans relish turtle eggs, and then those tiny little turtles trying to make it back to sea...predators just waiting for those eggs to hatch.
Now...this is not a giant sea turtle, but it is a s close as Lael has ever gotten to one. The thought of us stressing this mother snapping turtle out as she lays her eggs was very upsetting to Lael. She would only let us get this close with the camera...we do not have a great zoom lens as you can see.
So here she is (from behind where she could not see us) laying her eggs in the middle of the hay field above the stream. We hope her little ones make it!!!!