A call for Help from an Elderly friend.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with WHISPERING PINES REALTY 20398180

The phone Rings..."Helloo!"

"BILL, I Need help!  I have a monster in my yard!"

That is what the frantic voice on the other end yelled.  My caller ID let me know it was my 88 year old neighbor lady who still lives alone!  (If I can be that lucky at that age)

"A Monster?  What kind of monster", as my mind searched for what it could be.

"I Don't Know...But it is ugly.  I have never seen this thing before!"

Well, that got my curiosity up and I jumped into the car and down the road I went.  When I arrived, Jennie was waiting in the drive for me.  She led me out back and sure enough...A Prehistoric Monster was digging in her flower bed. (And Jennie was NONE to happy about it!)

This is what I saw...

 Some call it Ugly, some call it Dangerous...I call it Delicious!  In common folk language it is a Snapping turtle.  Not really a monster, but they have been dated back to prehistoric times.

 This bad boy will net about 13-15 pounds of great table fare...But, alas...Snapping Turtle season is not open.  This lady was digging in the garden to lay her eggs.  (That still didn't make it OK with Jennie).

So, I took the lady down the road to a spot near the river and a good sandy place where hopefully she will deposit her eggs and no predator will find them before they hatch.

But, come July...there will be no amnesty for her if I see her then!

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Rainmaker
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Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
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Bill, I was thinking radio collar for the future re-locate, My father-in-law use to say taste like chicken.

May 22, 2010 02:04 PM #1
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
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You are quite the gentleman to help your neighbor Bill. And this is a great story with a happy ending, no violence and no deaths! Perfect!

May 22, 2010 02:10 PM #2
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Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
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Bill, I've never tasted turtle.. I'm sure it's just like chicken... Interesting story & way to save the day!

May 22, 2010 02:18 PM #3
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

Bill,

Is there a law that says that you cannot put her in a cage until July?

May 22, 2010 02:39 PM #4
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes it does tate like chicken. Actually there are 7 flavors of meat on a turtle.  All are excellent!

Don..Yes...it is called unlawful detintion!

May 22, 2010 03:14 PM #5
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Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
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Bill...

I found a snapping turtle this big a few years back. I also took her to a nice spot by the river where I hope that she survived and flourished.

May 22, 2010 03:56 PM #6
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I just hopw mine survives long enough for me to find her again!  Like I said...I am getting hungary!

May 22, 2010 03:59 PM #7
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Shanna Hall
Real Estate Solutions - Kirkwood, MO
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How cool is that?  Let us know if you find her again in snapping turtle season...  better yet maybe not;)

May 22, 2010 07:18 PM #8
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Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Bill, don't you touch that turtle!  Think how old she is! (She's probably 88 like the neighbor) I can tell by the picture that she's a whopper.  At that size they can take a good sized chunk out of anything they get ahold of.  Let her alone and have some babies by the river.

May 23, 2010 02:16 AM #9
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Randi Brammer
Randi Brammer, Acctg. - Hinckley, MN
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I am surprised that you let this one go.  but if it isn't in season...I can see why.

May 23, 2010 02:39 AM #10
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Robert Hammerstein
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Bill - Wow that's a big girl for sure. You did the right thing...

May 23, 2010 04:44 AM #11
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Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

Well, although you did the right thing because of the season...you still at least have an idea where to start looking again!

May 23, 2010 09:01 AM #12
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