Eugene, Oregon, United States
Posted May 16, 2014
I grew up in a wooded area with a river behind our house. I loved all types of animals and was always finding frogs and salamanders and walking sticks. I happened to be by the river one day when a mama snapping turtle came up on the sandy beach to lay her eggs. We watched her and then dug some of them up and brought them home in a tub filled with sand. Soon, the eggs hatched and that was amazing to watch. My mom was an elementary teacher and experienced with many different animals, so we kept them briefly and fed them worms and let them swim in a kiddie swimming pool. When we returned them to the beach, we were worried that they would not be strong enough to swim and survive in the river since we interrupted their natural instinct to hatch and make their way to the river right away. I am thankful for that experience, I remember it vividly.