We live near a decent sized pond, a sort of nature preserve...
And so far this season, we've seen far too many things in nature that didn't survive the circle of life.
So when I stumbled upon this teeny tiny guy near my car one day,
I knew we had to take him home...at least for a bit.
Look at the size of him compared to a dime!
EEK! SOO TINY!
The kids were afraid to hold her, but I wanted to put something out there for comparison sake.
Enter, the ruler!
Painted turtles are just so cute!
She's been eating some earthworms and small pieces of apples...
We've kept her far longer than I planned...
but soon she'll head to the pond to live happily ever after...
at least that's our hope!