When I arrived this morning at one of the protected turtle nests... devastation.
An animal had dug under the wires and baby snapping turtles were littered all around the nest, most on their back.
With my camera I zoomed in on individual turtles and noticed this little one moving. (photo 1)
With permission, I turned the little snapper around. He didn't look good (photo 2), by then he had probably be on his back for hours.
As time went on, he regained his strength and I think his determination to survive was written on his face. (photo 3)
He did take rests while struggling forward (photo 4) but ...he was going the wrong way. He went towards the road instead of going towards the water.
When he was close to me, I placed him in a cup and brought him closer to the water. He crawled forward and after awhile he turned sideways and looked at me ( at least that is what I like to think ;-) (photo 5) a few minutes later he soldiered on and disappeared.
Of course I want to think he'll survive after such a start in live. :-)
At the end we were able to help 5 towards the water, but this guy (and one other, but that is a different story) stood out.