Look what we found? Seriously, do they come any cuter than this? He's a newborn diamond back terrapin. He was our pet for one full day before I sobered up and realized what I was getting in to. Besides, it violates one of our key pet prerequisite rules: Must Not Draw Too Many Amps. Considering we run either on a 30amp shore power plug-in for the dock or on solar power when anchored out, heat lamp requiring cold blooded creatures are not suitable to boat life.
So we loved on him for a day, then brought him to SERC and let him be free.
But oh that face.
p.s. Edited to add that we have suddenly become The Home for Wayward Turtles. Today we found a box sitting on our finger pier. One peek inside revealed this guy. A box turtle.
It was like a baby bundled and left on somebody's doorstep. I looked around for the guilty party and saw a row of smiling faces in greasy shirts peeping at me from the reeds. The construction guys who are (STILL) working on our docks have become Zach's buddy. They've nicknamed him "nature boy" and have taken to bringing him any critter that gets in the way of their progress. The sweet thing about this is they made a little habitat in the box improvised with grass, half of an electrical junction box, and a cut up soda bottle. Zach named him Fire Blaze for his red eyes, but he didn't even get the 24 hour royal treatment. The poor little guys was clearly desperate to roam free, so after a few hours of fondling, he's back in the great green yonder. Fare thee well Fire Blaze. And Guys, no more critters, ok?