Other Turtle Discussion :: So Very Sad...

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 7:06 pm   So Very Sad...

Well, I've just come back from a veterinary clinic where I just brought my first wild painted turtle of the year, unfortunately to be euthanized, I was told. A woman had stopped her car a little ways up the road from the house and when I went to see what the problems was, I saw her holding a black rock and I just knew. Someone had hit the poor thing--the area above the left rear leg was totally crushed and separated from the body, although amazingly the turtle could move her leg. I hoped against hope that they would say they would try to save her, but the rehabber said it was really bad and that a lot of organs were involved. I broke down. My head tells me I did the right thing, but doubt still nags at my heart.

I couldn't have treated her, and was at the mercy of their judgement. This happened last year as well, and I was so hoping to get through the summer without this hearbreak again. :(
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Post Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 7:13 pm   

Sorry to hear that... at least something was done for her.
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Post Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 9:41 pm   

Its better that it went like that than be left to suffer along the road. I think you made the right choice.
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Post Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 10:39 pm   

I'm all for doing the humane thing, but it still rather sucks to have to do it at all. Poor thing is lucky you happened along.
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Post Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 6:44 pm   

Thanks. Yes, sometimes life sucks. I spent a fair amount of the day looking up the road to see if there were any "rocks" in the road. The way people speed around here, the poor animals don't stand a chance. :cry:
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Post Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2005 8:29 pm   

Marisa,

you are a hero. You put that turtle out of its misery and pain. It is always sad when any animal dies, but you did the right thing. The humane thing. I would have done the same thing. Glad to know that htere are people like you still in this world.

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 2:01 pm   

Thanks. :(
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Post Posted: Wed Jul 13, 2005 3:26 pm   

Sorry to hear that Marisa, but you did the right thing.
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