On June 13th I posted about animals that live in and/or have visited our yard because it's so dry.
On Friday, July 1st, we were surprised when a turtle showed up. Stan found it near our gate and named him Dave. Maybe he smelled our yard. Or maybe he smelled the creek with water in it about a quarter of a mile down the road. I've read they can smell water several miles away, so maybe Dave was headed there. Of course we gave him a lift. We put him in a five gallon bucket with a little water and took him to the creek.
We've never had a turtle show up before. It's a bit of a journey to get to our house from the dry creek and through the woods. So, imagine our surprise and delight when two days later, on Sunday the 3rd, Dave Too appeared. You can see the boundary between our sad lawn (which gets a little water once or twice a week) and the grass beyond our gate.
Here's Dave Too, waiting patiently for us to take him to the creek.
Dave Too filled the bottom of the five gallon bucket, nearly ten inches long, a bit bigger than Dave. We think they are both sliders, but we're not sure. Stan believed Dave and Dave Too were soul mates journeying together who got separated.
We were happy to drive Dave Too to the creek and toss him in. His legs wiggled in excitement when Stan pulled him out of the bucket. (You can see how far down the water is from the top of the bank. Send rain y'all.)
Two turtles showing up right out side our yard in three days is magical. But it's also a sign of how hard the times are right now.