Thursday, June 4, 2015

Down by the River

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. 

He knew she had all of the elements she would need for survival. Bill had done everything he could. Now it was up to McQueeny. 

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. 


  1. What a heartwarmimg story!

  2. We hope she lives a long and happy life in her new territory. Bravo Bill!

  3. awwww, Bill!!! you awesome man!! real life hero :)

  4. I loved each and every word and picture. God bless Bill and his small charge as well.

  5. What a lucky turtle to have encountered Bill on that fateful day. I love how you tell the story and I was wondering how did he know that McQueeny was a female turtle? Your man is a very special guy. Take care and have a great weekend.


  6. Yay, Bill. Happy endings are worth the time it takes to get there. Love the pictures.

  7. That is very kind of Bill to take the time to help when he can. How sad that he saw so many dead ones along the way.

  8. We had two box turtles in the back yard in the place where I lived as a child in New Mexico. One was already living there. The other my mother rescued from a very busy four lane road. It was a miracle that it didn't get run over. It adjusted very well to life in our yard.
    I loved that house although it was really very run down and cockroaches the size of school buses would get in during the night. We had a half acre of land, which seemed enormous. We kept chickens. The hens laid eggs, which my mother sold to the farmer's market. Some of the roosters did not fare so well--they ended up as dinner. However, my father always slaughtered them very quickly so they didn't suffer.
    I think about how much better small farms are for livestock than factory farms. I can't imagine anyone thinking factory farming is a good idea. It's all about the greed.

  9. Bill and these turtles have some sort of symbiotic relationship that is drawing them together. So happy he has been there to be their hero. Hugs, Janet

  10. Bill to the rescue! Well done. Although I'm not sure how much McQueeny enjoyed the ride in his truck :)
    We saw a turtle the other weekend when bicycling, it was crossing the road from one pond to the other. Since the road was fairly busy and curvy we picked up the turtle and set it down on the other side. I hope it did o.k.

  11. Good Karma - doesn't have a ceiling of 800 like FICO :)
    Keep up the good work y'all!
    Have a Wonderful Day!
    Peace :)