Bennie the Turtle - How Did He Do It?

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Bennie the Turtle

How Did He Do It?



    This guy's name is Bennie ... bestowed that name by our 4-year-old grandson, Henry.  (Our family's budding storyteller and future New York Times' Bestselling author, I'm sure ...)


     Bennie somehow made his way up 5 steps and onto our neighbor's deck the other night.  They noted his presence there after hearing him tap at their patio doors.  


     I guess Bennie wanted their attention.  Or help.


     My question is this:  How does a turtle tackle and make it up all those steps?  Especially a turtle of this size?  Bennie was no small dude.


     Let me tell you, Bennie's definitely one determined guy.  It had to be a real challenge for him.  Maybe we all could learn from his efforts? 


     My neighbor and I wanted to help Bennie get back home, so we loaded him up in a galvanized tub and delivered him to our backyard, which backs up to the local golf course.  


     No small fete, as Bennie was a good "snapper" and had some good sized claws on him too.  He also was fairly heavy.  Obviously a hearty eater.


     Last seen, Bennie was scurrying across the 8th tee box of the course.  Well, turtle scurrying anyway.  We figure Bennie's home is the pond located on the next golf hole ...


     Good luck, Bennie!







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Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
FORCE~NRBA ~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

Great story...adorable that he was named by your Grandson..

Jun 02, 2016 07:09 AM #1
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Gene - I love it when these guys show up at the house. They really do get around well - those legs are a lot longer than they look. We usually give them some lettuce, which they really seem to appreciate, but best of all, they also scare the crap out of our dogs.

Jun 02, 2016 07:46 AM #2
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


That's a great story! I haven't seen a turtle in the wild in many years.

He IS a good role model - never give up!


Jun 02, 2016 07:53 AM #3
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I love this story! Snappers are nothing to fool with! Your four year old grandson will grow up to have many great stories and you to thank!

Jun 02, 2016 08:18 AM #4
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Gene can you imagine what we could accomplish if we had Bennie's determination.

Jun 02, 2016 11:36 AM #5
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

looks like he may have wings and a desire to better himself to higher purposes

Jun 02, 2016 11:56 AM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Gene- This reminds me of a feel good story we saw the other day.  We pulled up to a major intersection here and there was what may have been Bennie's cousin.  We were going to pull over but saw that a young man had just pulled up; got out of his truck and ran to get the turtle and drive him to his new home. Love your story of Bennie. 

Jun 02, 2016 01:02 PM #7
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I have seen a turtle climb steps.  He used his back legs and his tail to push up and then his front legs to pull on the next step.  And the poor thing, he got up and then I picked him up and took him back down and around the office to the creek.  He got on my office porch several years ago.

Jun 02, 2016 01:13 PM #8
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Gene. Nice job helping Bennie get back to ground level, it would have been more of a challenge without any help.

Jun 02, 2016 08:43 PM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for telling us about Bennie.

Have an outstanding week.

Jun 05, 2016 05:34 AM #10
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Henry is one smart little guy!  Those big turtles can be kind of beligerant if they want food. My aunt's assisted living home had several living in the courtyard and they knew exactly where and how to get food.  It was fun watching them and the elders liked it  too as they could move faster than the turtles.

Jun 07, 2016 08:49 AM #11
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Those guys can be hefty. They are fast too for their size. I've seen them cross a football field at a fairly good clip & the dogs always find them. 

I think they look for places to lay their eggs in either early June or July & they just head out scouting for appealing looking dirt.

I've helped a few 'cross the road' fast over the last few years in Schaumburg.

Jun 10, 2016 06:53 AM #12
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