Sharing the planet...
Every year, without fail, I spend a great amount of time saving turtles off of roads. We live in a high construction part of the world these days.New subdivisions, box shops and schools are springing up all over the place. This leaves the wild life left to try and figure it all out. Hence the turtle adventures. For years I have kept a "critter cage" on the front porch. We have collected everything from snakes, turtles, butterflies etc...and put them in there so the kids can just observe for a few days before we set them free.
Being the nature fan I am I have no issue with picking up creepy crawly critters...I have always found this to be an important part of the kids educations over the years. I used to collect critters as a child...your not surprised I am sure ;-) When I was about 10/11 I had one stint raising four baby bunnies (mama died in a corn combine) I learned the hard way that wild animals are NEVER meant to be in captivity for long periods of time. After I lost a bunny to disease I knew it was time to let them go. At that point they would only let me touch them and for several years I would go out in the field I set them free in at sunset, when they would hop out to feed, I would just lay there watching them and sometimes if I was very still they would come up and let me visit with them. I remember those sunsets with my wild bunnies as a bit magical. When something wild chooses to spend a bit of time with you it just IS. Animals knows things about people. I pass this magic and respect onto the kiddos as often as possible. The chance to help a tiny creature and in return free them is quite rewarding. Since the beginning of the kiddos lives we have always practiced "one finger touch" .... at least whenever I need to make sure they don't break something or harm a critter ;-)
Why yes turtle...the lemon balm jungle would be my first pick for a new home as well! Yum! Lucas loves it too!
"Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?" Job 35:11