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Marked Turtle Found After 47 Years

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Dianne Ly
- 710 days ago -
The year 1965 was also when a 13-year-old boy in Pennsylvania found a box turtle, carved his initials and the year into its rock-hard shell, and then let the creature go.

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Dianne Lynn Eakin (710)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 8:04 pm
Not only did I find this very very interesting,but I live just 20 minuets away from where this occurred.

Regina P. (79)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 9:46 pm
Amazing., Thanks

Suzanne L. (152)
Saturday May 5, 2012, 10:25 pm
I didn't know box turtles lived that long. It's amazing. I'm glad the carving didn't do any harm to the turtle.

Naoko I. (258)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 12:31 am
But he shouldn't "carve" anything into the shell of living turtle in the first place..

Quanta Kiran (63)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 4:45 am

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 5:09 am
That must have been an amazing moment!

. (0)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 5:47 am
An amazing story but I would like to be reassured that carving the shell didn't hurt - I am not sure that anyone could be 100% sure that it doesn't!

John Gregoire (248)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 6:01 am
Horrible that he id this but great info on box turtle longevity.

Dianne Lynn Eakin (710)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 6:11 am
I totally agree that he should not have carved anything in the first place.I did look it up though and found out that it did not hurt the turtle.

Bob P. (416)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 6:17 am
thanks for the info

Dianne Lynn Eakin (710)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 7:21 am
I agree that he should not have carved anything into the turtle in the first place,but I did look it up and found out that it did not hurt the turtle.

Dianne Lynn Eakin (710)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 7:23 am
There are no pain sensors in a turtles shell.

Catherine Turley (198)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 9:15 am
it is fascinating. i knew that bigger turtles have long life expectancies, but not the smaller ones.

Marlene Dinkins (225)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 10:53 am
htis should never happen but it did. amaizing !!!!!!!!!!!!

Erika M. (207)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 10:54 am

Karina P. (166)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 11:01 am
Thanks. It's interesting.

BarbKnight SunshineLady (1607)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 11:17 am
Awesome! TY DL

Kay M. (363)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 11:35 am

Valentina R. (4)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 12:27 pm
"But he shouldn't carve anything into the shell of living turtle in the first place..."

Agreed. >_>

Kenneth Davies (0)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 1:19 pm

Dave C. (204)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 1:27 pm

Nancy Roussy (79)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 2:22 pm
I say we carve this piece of crap's initials and the date that it is done on him then release his idiotic butt in the middle of nowhere, like that when he surfaces again we will be able to know how much time he took to come back to society, that carving will always be a memory of what happened to him!

Kat K. (56)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 2:59 pm
Wow, I'm surprised that human beings would let something live that long. He's a lucky one. 47 is a long time. They are so cute. I'm glad he had a chance to live that long and hope he lives a lot longer

Dianne Lynn Eakin (710)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 6:07 pm
Agreed Valenina.

Dianne Lynn Eakin (710)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 6:52 pm

Veronica C. (42)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 7:12 pm
It's like a message in a bottle! Pretty neat, except for the carved turtle.

John B. (215)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 7:35 pm
Read and noted Thanks Dianne.

sherrie e. (147)
Sunday May 6, 2012, 11:49 pm
I am not too fond of someone carving on a living creature even if there was no pain, still seems real disrespectful to me but I have to admit the message coming down thru the years was very intriguing.

Patricia H. (477)
Monday May 7, 2012, 6:21 am
this story is amazing,thanks for sharing

Terry V. (30)
Monday May 7, 2012, 4:52 pm
A+ story, THANK YOU

XBuffysick o. (101)
Tuesday May 8, 2012, 12:05 am

EcoWorrier M I A MoonWalk Again (969)
Monday May 14, 2012, 5:03 pm
But he shouldn't "carve" anything into the shell of living turtle in the first place..

What is awesome is that the little turtle survived in this harsh world and hope it lives a full long wonderful life. Thank you so much for this news Diane.
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