I Hope he made it Across

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@akalinus (12377)
United States
May 11, 2016 9:19am CST
Yesterday, I was out with my son and his girlfriend on a busy highway. We saw a large tortoise or turtle start across the road. It lurched its awkward body across four lanes of heavy traffic, somehow dodging oncoming wheels. He seemed so good at this that I wondered if he does it often. I wonder how long before he runs out of luck. Wildlife and highways do not mix well. I hope he made it to his destination.
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@funkeyguhl (1693)
• Philippines
11 May 16
I sure hope so too! Looks like the tortoise is a daredevil because he does not seem to be bothered about the highway?
@akalinus (12377)
• United States
11 May 16
I wonder why he does not stay on one side or the other. It is so dangerous to run through traffic like that.
• Philippines
11 May 16
@akalinus hmmm maybe he's been doing that for quite a while now and decided to give the other side a shot.
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@akalinus (12377)
• United States
11 May 16
@funkeyguhl I wonder if the grass was greener when he got there.
@TheHorse (54426)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 May 16
I hope so too. I slowed way down yesterday to avoid a confused squirrel. I think the guy behind me thought I was a lunatic.
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@akalinus (12377)
• United States
11 May 16
It is hard to know how to react when something is in the road that should not be there. It is hard enough to keep track of other drivers. An animal could cause an accident.
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@TheHorse (54426)
• Pleasant Hill, California
11 May 16
@akalinus I try not to swerve too much. I know what my truck and I can and can't do.
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@akalinus (12377)
• United States
11 May 16
@TheHorse But, you don't know what the squirrel will do.
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@Wowtalk (381)
• Jamaica
12 May 16
I hope it did too; they are no different from us we too have to await the unenviable,it's a sad fact.
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@akalinus (12377)
• United States
12 May 16
It is terrible to see one with a broken shell where something hit it.
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@Wowtalk (381)
• Jamaica
12 May 16
@akalinus Poor thing, I hope its ok.
@allknowing (56658)
• India
12 May 16
This is the saddest post I have read today. Why does he do it I wonder. He must be belonging to someone. Whoever they are they are very irresponsible
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@akalinus (12377)
• United States
12 May 16
No, these are wild turtles. They are all over Florida, at least the parts I have been in. They are native here.
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@marlina (64651)
• Canada
11 May 16
I hope that the tortoise made it to destination too.
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@JohnRoberts (41817)
• Los Angeles, California
11 May 16
He was a wild turtle? What part of the US?
@akalinus (12377)
• United States
11 May 16
I live in Florida. We have tortoises living here but this guy was green I only saw him for a few seconds.
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@JohnRoberts (41817)
• Los Angeles, California
11 May 16
@akalinus He looks like a big brute. I never saw any tortoises in Florida but some funky looking big lizards.
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@akalinus (12377)
• United States
11 May 16
@JohnRoberts They live all around here. They dig holes and use them for dens. You often see them in rural areas but I have not seen any on a major highway.
@peavey (15766)
• United States
11 May 16
Wow, that's scary for a turtle to be on a highway at all, much less a busy one. I wonder how he has survived so far!
@akalinus (12377)
• United States
11 May 16
I never saw anything like it before.
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@marguicha (82654)
• Chile
11 May 16
Sometimes I wonder if we should not stop on those cases, pick the turtle up and take it to a shelter.
@akalinus (12377)
• United States
11 May 16
There was no way to stop. Four lanes of traffic going 70 miles per hour or more. I thought about it.
@JudyEv (103444)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 May 16
I would be so worried for him. I hope he got there safely.
@LadyDuck (125954)
• Switzerland
11 May 16
I hope that people will keep an eye on the tortoise and let her cross the road. My husband always slows down (even a lot) when he sees an animal on the edge of the road.