My son was playing in the woods with his friends when he found the box turtle he had harrassed last fall. Somehow the reptile had survived the harsh winter. That turtle must have a really bad memory, or he's a glutton for punishment.
The boys picked him up and put him in the cold creek water. Fortunately I happened to be there when they did this and put an immediate stop to it. I told them that they needed to be nice to the turtle.
That gave them the brilliant idea to open a Turtle Day Care. The boys took turns caring for the animal. They groomed his shell. They found leaves and worms for him to eat. They even built him a little shelter. With all of that pampering, the boys might find themselves with a few more shelled visitors!
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