Oh my gosh, you guys! North Carolina just keeps getting better and better, especially for an animal lover like me!
I've been so good about scheduling my blog posts lately, that I haven't even had a chance to share these pics from almost two weeks ago. My husband and I woke up early on Saturday morning (a sure sign we're getting old, sigh!), and decided to go run all of our errands first thing, so we could concentrate on getting stuff done around the house in the afternoon.
Well guess what my husband spotted on our back patio as we were about to get into his car? Two little turtles! Which you probably never guessed, considering the title of this post!
Our cats were quite scared of the turtles, since I'm sure they'd never seen them before. This is only about the 3rd time I've even seen turtles in the wild myself. It was fun to watch how cautious the cats were too, especially since I knew the kitties probably couldn't hurt the turtles even if they tried--the turtle would just hide in it's shell.
(That's a "WTF is that thing!?!" stance if I've ever seen it!)
Of course, knowing me, I shoved my camera at my husband, and had to get in on the checking-out-the-turtles-fun!
(I named this one Raphael--he was totally the bad boy of the two! TMNT, anyone? And great, now the TMNT song is gonna be stuck in my head all day!)
(Don't worry, I totally washed my hands after touching it!)
My sister, who used to have a pet tortoise, said she thinks they looked like Eastern Box Turtles. Look at it's cute little claws!
This is one of my favorite pictures, because it makes my kitty look so brave. But in reality, it's a miracle I snapped this photo because it's the only time he got closer than about three feet to it. He dashed up, sniffed it for a second, then darted away!
I think the turtles are braver than my cats, this one walked right up to my husband and checked out his sandals.
Off into the bushes. I keep looking on the patio every morning since to see them again, but so far no luck.
And on another note, did you know geese are scary as hell?
The day after we saw the turtles, we went on a hike at a park with a big lake near our house. The Yelp reviews of the park said there were cute ducks and geese, and recommended bringing some bread or crackers to feed them. This was not good advice.
I brought about 6 slices of bread, and at the end of our hike, I went down a side path to the lake where a bunch of geese were. I started casually breaking off small pieces of bread and throwing them towards the geese as they all made a beeline for me. And they're fast suckers! Before I knew it, one was barreling down on me, only about 10 feet away, HISSING AND DROOLING, with murder in his eyes and about 20 more geese on his heels.
OMG, I wigged out, and threw the rest of the slices of bread behind me as I ran screeching back up to the boardwalk area, while my husband just shook his head at me. But dude, I didn't know they were gonna be demon geese! From far away, up above them on the boardwalk, they look all sweet and cute.
Or at least that's what they want you to believe.
Next time, I'm just sticking to the turtles!