That Moment When Rescued Eggs Start To Hatch At Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre

Many of the injured female turtles that come in to Ontario Turtle Conversation Centre in Peterborough are gravid (with eggs) so the team there is always on the watch for them. 

They also harvest deceased females' eggs, incubate them and when hatched, return the young turtles to their mother's home wetland. Pictured below on July 13th are OTCC's Margaret and Amanda who are busy planting eggs that were collected that morning.

Picture via  OTCC Facebook page

Picture via OTCC Facebook page

Toward the end of July is always exciting for the team at OTCC, as that's when many eggs start to hatch. Indeed, according to their Facebook page post OTCC has admitted 685 turtles to date, collected over 3,200 eggs and their admitted turtles continue to lay eggs on a daily basis.

Here are some of those eggs hatching the other day...

Picture via  OTCC Facebook page

Picture via OTCC Facebook page

Picture via  OTCC Facebook page

Picture via OTCC Facebook page

Everytime you rescue an injured turtle—even one that is severely injured—and bring it to OTCC, imagine this: You might well be saving many turtle lives all at once.

For more info on OTCC, click here.

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A 31 Pound Male Snapping Turtle That We'll Call Chill Was Saved From Ice After Coming Out Of Hibernation Early

On February 28th, Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre staff had to act quickly when responding to a call from a homeowner in the Selwyn area near Peterborough.

A turtle—we'll call him Chill—had apparently emerged from hibernation early, likely because of the warm weather. When OTCC got to the shoreline, they could see that the back end of the turtle was out of the water, while his head and forelimbs were submerged through a hole in the ice.

It almost looked like an elephant head was emerging from the ice...

Picture via OTCC  Facebook page

Picture via OTCC Facebook page

With a coldsnap expected, this 31-pound turtle would certainly not survive much longer without swift action. Staff assessed the situation and decided to attempt a rescue.

Here is a staff member making the rescue...

Picture via OTCC  Facebook page

Picture via OTCC Facebook page

Picture via OTCC  Facebook page

Picture via OTCC Facebook page

Picture via OTCC  Facebook page

Picture via OTCC Facebook page

Chill was removed from the ice and transported safely to the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre.

Here he is chilling out back at OTCC headquarters in Peterborough...

Picture via OTCC  Facebook page

Picture via OTCC Facebook page

On Friday, OTCC gave an update to the public about Chill on their Facebook page, along with these pictures below. They say he has been receiving daily treatments and recuperating well.

Picture via OTCC  Facebook page

Picture via OTCC Facebook page

Picture via OTCC  Facebook page

Picture via OTCC Facebook page

Chill will be ready for release in the area they found the big guy once the weather is consistently nice. These turtles can live up to 100 years old, so this old guy—"He has been walking the earth for a long, long time," OTCC says on their Facebook page. "His shell is worn, and he has many scars from different times that have all healed"—now can count some more good years ahead of him.

If you would like to make a donation that will go towards the care of this turtle and others like him, visit the OTCC website here. And never attempt to rescue a turtle on the ice—contact OTCC at 705.741.5000.

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When An Owl Hit His Car Sunday Night, A Peterborough Man Put It In His Car & Took It To Vet

Karl Lawson—aka "Kawartha Karl"—felt a thud on Sunday night (January 21st) driving home to Peterborough from Lakefield. Turns it was an owl which obviously had its bell rung hitting Karl's car.

Crash The Owl

Crash The Owl

Rather than keep going, Karl stopped his vehicle immediately and did this as he recounted on his Facebook page (accompanied by the photo above):

"This a my new friend 'Crash the Owl' who flew into my drivers door late last night on my way home from Lakefield. I pulled over and went back to take him off the middle of the road only to find him unconscious but still breathing with a mouse still in his talons.

So I decided to put him in my trunk and then contacted Kawartha Veterinary Emergency Clinic (24hrs!) and they told me to bring him to there office. When the young lady came out to the car I told her that he may have died in the 20 minutes it took to get there. To my delight when I popped the trunk he was sitting up!

I checked today and Crash was dropped at a sanctuary somewhere near Whitby he is injured but they said he was moving both wings today so they are pretty confident in his recovery..so I will let you know if I hear anymore on his fate. Did I mention that I love owls."

Good on ya Kawartha Karl!

[HT 100.5 Fresh Radio]

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A Deer Made Several Tourist Stops In Downtown Peterborough Today

The Silver Bean Cafe on the Otonabee River often does a Customer Of The Day on their board, and Friday's might be an animal: a deer.


Yes, a deer made a jaunt near the cafe in Millennium Park in downtown Peterborough on Friday morning (May 26th)—right near the MNR building, appropriately enough—and Bean staff member Sam Milliken witnessed it, along with owner Andrea VanDerHerberg and her kids.

"William, Grace, Andrea and I were sneaking up on rabbits nibbling by the train tracks, when all of a sudden we saw a deer running toward us at full speed down the tracks," Milliken tells PTBOCanada. "It crossed through some gardens, ran along the river line until it hopped the fence by the cafe, and I guess having nowhere else to go, it jumped into the river and swam to the nearest island!"

They were all too excited in the moment to get photos of the deer, but did capture this pic below of it swimming to the island (the little dot in the pic is the deer) that they posted to their Facebook page...

So Oh Deer, what a Friday it was at The Bean.

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