Monday, August 31, 2009
What Color Is Turtle Blood?
Well I'm just asking 'cause I don't know. The first time one of the turtles raised its head out of the water near where I was standing on the ground I could see a red stripe above it's eye. I thought it was blood and had been hurt. Now I know they all have that or most of them anyway. We went out late to feed them. Would you believe when I walked close to the water one popped up and before I knew it I was counting six and then they invited their relatives. I couldn't count them because some was imerged in the water and some was bitting at the feed (stale bread and puppy food). Before I could say "jack robinson" they were coming toward my feet. Chills went up and down my spine. I'm remembering hearing about SNAPPING TURTLES. I stomped my feet and they dove to the water but they kept coming back out unless they ran across a piece of bread or puppy food then they would lap it up. My throwing arm is getting better. They don't seem to have any side vision. I have to throw food directly in front of them for them to see it. Wouldn't you know I didn't take my camera? They were so close but as I said they are not a pretty color and kind of blend in with everything. John got bored with that in a hurry and said he was going to check the cows did I want to go? Now why would he pose a question like that? How can I be two places at once? I went with him being afraid I would miss something. The turtles had been fed, I don't want them to get so fat they can't swim. We went down the lane toward the pasture. John stopped Ole Blue (the truck) and I stood by it enjoying a breeze we haven't had in forever while John crawled the fence to check on some cows. Three bull calves came barreling through a gate and put on their brakes when they the truck. The truck is a '93 but it is still shiny and those calves couldn't figure out what had overtaken their territory. One of them walked up close to take a better look and saw me then they ran for their life.