Wayward Turtle Needs A Lift

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 2:30pm

Injured turtle picked up by kind trucker now needs a ride home.

Tucker the turtle is a long way from home, roughly 800 miles, and now needs a little help finding his way back.

Tucker, an Eastern Box Turtle, was picked up in Kentucky by a truck driver who thought he was injured.

His shell appeared to be cracked and he thought he needed medical attention, so he drove the turtle to Minnesota with him.

A friend then brought the turtle to Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley.

Animal Humane Society wildlife staff took Tucker in and noticed his shell was fractured, however it was a very old fracture that had long since healed.

The Eastern Box Turtle is not a native species to Minnesota, so Tucker needs to return to Kentucky as soon as possible.

Tucker is a warm-habitat turtle and would not survive a Minnesota winter.

Because of flight restrictions on reptiles, the Golden Valley Humane Society is looking for someone who can drive Tucker to the Broadbent Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvington, Kentucky.

The wildlife rehabilitation center will check him over and release him where he belongs.

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