Turtles are especially active during this time of year, and many find themselves in danger when they try to cross roads. Because of their extremely slow metabolism, turtles who are hit by vehicles can suffer for days or even weeks before dying.
PETA rescue workers routinely find turtles who are still alive and suffering immensely even though their shells have been crushed. If you see a turtle—or any animal—in the road, please check on him or her, even if the animal appears to be dead.
Small turtles should be gently grasped between the front and back legs and quickly carried across the road in the direction the animal was heading (turtles will turn back into traffic if you don’t oblige). Large or snapping turtles can be gently coaxed into an animal carrier or onto a sturdy, flat surface and moved across the road. If you see a turtle who has been hit by a car, rush him or her to a veterinarian or an animal shelter.
Stopping to check on an animal only takes a moment, but it can mean the difference between life and death. Visit www.PETA.org for more information.
Amy Skylark Elizabeth
The PETA Foundation