Can We Keep It?
by Kimberly J Tilley
Yesterday I kept hearing rustling in the yard. I did not see anything outside. Later in the day I heard it again, but this time I saw what was the possible cause of the noise, a turtle. We rushed outside to observe the turtle. My little one kept petting it. I sent a pic to hubby, and I get a reply back, “Can we keep it?”. Everyone wanted to keep the turtle. But we cannot keep a wild animal, I told them, the turtle needs to be outside where it can eat all the bugs around the house. I had to take some pictures to print out for my daughter so she would agree to stop petting the turtle, and it could go on its way.
We have a stream that feeds into a shallow pond, I was not certain anything lived in it. We have seen turkeys, ducks, and deer tracks around. It is nice being in a wild suburban area. The busy, city areas are not for us, we need wildlife around. I enjoy listening to the birds chirp, instead of aircraft, trains, traffic like we were used to for the past 9 years.
I had seen a pair of Mallards in the shallow pond. I was hoping to see little ducklings around, but have not spied any nests; I guess they just stopped for the day. The land is over grown, hard to tell where the wildlife habitat area ends and the lawn begins. I would like it cleaned up, maybe open up the pond area, let more sunlight in. Maybe then we could have more nesting around the house.