...the Wayward Turtle
Bill has spent the past two weeks trucking back and forth through the very flood-ravaged Oklahoma and Texas. While trucking through the Kiowa nation of Oklahoma, he was able to rescue a Red Eared Slider. These are considered "common" water turtles. However, once plentiful, they are now becoming endangered due to commercialism.
It is important to release a turtle in its natural habitat, as close to where it is found as possible. This ensures the turtle will be able to find food, shelter, and be able to survive. Knowing this, Bill was on a mission to find "Kiowa" a safe, secure spot to be released. He succeeded. He was able to find her a secluded area, still within the Kiowa nation. The rainwater drainage area he discovered ran down, into a creek.
She quickly knows what she needs to do, and she does it.
Flooded or not, this is Kiowa's natural home.
And she knew it. Going, going, gone.
Please remember that floods affect critters, too. The waters flush out many species of critters that live along the creeks and rivers. These critters seek new, safer places to make their homes. Often they end up crossing roads to find dryer options. Bill was Kiowa's hero, going above and beyond. Please be a hero simply by watching out for these critters on the roads that you travel. They are just trying to survive, too.