This is McQueeny. Bill rescued her in Texas, a couple of days after he rescued Kiowa in Oklahoma. It was after dark when Bill found McQueeny blocking a two-lane highway.
You can see that McQueeny, another Red-Eared Slider, is a very big girl. She is beautiful.
McQueeny and Bill had to spend the night together. In extreme situations such as floods, even turtles are not sure what to do. They have been flushed out by fast moving and rapidly rising water. If Bill had not stopped to rescue her, she would have surely been killed like the hundreds of others that Bill saw. He did what he knew he was able to do to save the turtle's life. That is what rescue is all about.
By morning, both Bill and McQueeny had places to go and were ready to get going! Bill had deliveries to make, deadlines to meet, and McQueeny...well, she is a busy turtle.
They finally arrived at the Red River, which borders Oklahoma and Texas. It looked like a good area.
Underneath the bridge the current flowed very fast in spots, but a muddy section opened into a thick marsh.
The Red River is home to many varieties and species of critters. When Bill was absolutely sure that McQueeny would be safe, he knew it was time to let her go.
Desperate times call for drastic measures. This is an old proverb that still rings true today. Rescuing critters is never easy, and situations are rarely ideal. That is the very nature of rescue: you do what needs to be done as situations arise, but always in the best interest of the animal.
Please be aware of other living creatures as you go through your daily lives. If you encounter an animal in distress and do not know what to do, please get assistance from someone experienced in animal rescue. You cannot always help, but please don't ever harm.