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Oct 23, 2006

[Blood-curdling scream]

With a turtle name like "Wesley", you pretty much HAVE to go with a macho costume on Halloween. I bet all the turtle ladies in the tank are like—"OMG, who's the hottie?" and whipping out their little Turtle Sidekicks to text him.

Reegahdless, Wesley has snapped up Best Turtle Costume on the Planet Ever as far as I'm concerned. Also, I think his nose has a hole in it. Just sayin'.


Gravel snorts to sender-inner Jennfer H., and toitle owners Craig and Melanie :^)

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AWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! Too damn adorable.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 11:49 AM

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the...turtle tank.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 11:49 AM

Is it safe to go in the pond yet?

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 11:50 AM

Heh, that's great.

"I seen one eat a rockin' chair once." -Quint


 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 11:51 AM

Bah-dum...bahdumbahdumbahdum... (this is supposed to be the Jaws theme...)

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 11:51 AM

Is it me or is he holding his head up a little extra?

Finn's like turtle viagra, gives me a little extra pride & self confidence.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 11:51 AM

Of course he has a hole in his nose, he has two -- how else would he smell?

(Everybody: Terrible!)

Laurie C
 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 11:55 AM

Looks like he's smiling

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 11:58 AM

He's just cruisin' for the laaaadiees. "Hel-looo baybee,
can I buy you a drink? A mealworm?"

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 11:58 AM

MamaDawn, if you hadn't done it, I would've.

Show me the way to go home,
I'm tired & I wanna go to bed...

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:00 PM

Guys in toy boat: "We're gonna need a bigger boat."

Laurie C
 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:02 PM

Hey man, where are all the surfboards and surfers, and stuff?? How's a guy supposed to get a good meal in, around here?!?!

Denise in Nebraska
 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:04 PM

[sobbing with uncontrollably laughter]

Of course, a turtle Halloween costume, because people would look at you a little funny if you took your turtle to the Halloween party and he wasn't wearing a costume.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:07 PM

Lol, I had just recieved this in my email, but it wouldn't let me "save" it, or share it! So, YAY, Meg!
It's turtacular!
He looks quite smug!

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:16 PM


 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:17 PM

Note to self: Use turtacular in every sentance today!

I think that should be the offical CO word for the week

Allie and Jojo's Mom
 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:20 PM


not just turtles.
but you're welcome.

(t to the x, teho.)

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:21 PM

HE'S SMILING!!! I lofs him so very much. "Wesley"...[sigh]

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:22 PM

O.k. this is one I had to share with everyone in the office. rotfl!!

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:22 PM

Yup. Looks like he's smiling to me, too. I didn't know turtles were camera hams. I've always thought turtles were cute, but this little guy is the best.

P.S. I'm trying to trap five kittens and a mom cat living behind a museum near work before it gets any colder outside, so please keep your fingers, toes and everything else crossed for luck. Tried catching them over the weekend, but all we got was a chomp on my helper's finger.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:23 PM

I've seen turtles in my time, and that IS a turtucular smile if there ever was one. LOVE it.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:24 PM

Aoife, if you aren't using a live animal trap (they come in kitten size), maybe ask your local Humane Society or cat rescue group if you can borrow one. Good luck!

Laurie C
 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:25 PM

Aoife, good luck and please be careful. If you've been following lurkertype's posts, Mr. LT got chomped by a feral cat last week, got all infected and nasty. Gotta be careful. We're all in this together!

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:26 PM

the smuggest smile ever :)
gotta say, I loff him too.

pendlerpiken aka teh captain
 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:29 PM

I'm borrowing two live traps from the shelter I volunteer at, and I've got an experience cat trapper helping out. Four of us are scheduled for trap checks throughout the day, and the museum caretaker said he'd check the traps at night.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:29 PM

You know why he is smiling? Look closely. In just 2 seconds a bubble is going to develope slowly out of his itty bitty nostril. It will grow slowly, quietly, and then, just as the teeny guys in the toy boat float overhead, (still singing), the bubble will have reached critical mass, and will *POP*, flipping the boat over, flinging the little dudes into the water.
Wesley will then snack heartily!

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:31 PM

Jaypo, fortunately my helper's wound didn't get infected. It's already healing up nicely, and she's game for another go at those babies.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:31 PM

"You're gonna need a bigger tank."

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:42 PM

Wow. This lil guy really has personality. I didn't know turtles could smile!

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:42 PM

Nuh, nuh
Nuuuh, nuh
nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh, nuh

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:47 PM

Lauri you're a HOOT!! I was totally getting the mental picture of a bubble on Wesley's nose!!!

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:57 PM

This had me squealing with giggly delight. Everything about it is hilarious. The foil. The rubber band. The lil plastic boat. My gawd, I love CO.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 12:57 PM

Ze smile. Eet keels.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 01:01 PM

Wesley's owners are pure geniuses. If I knew Craig and Melanie, I think we'd be best friends.

A thinker
 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 01:10 PM

Aoife, I've trapped a mother and feral kittens in a dog crate. Cover it with a blanket and tie a rope to the door and thread it back through the crate and to your safe distance location. Put lots of food in the back farthest from the door. When they go in to eat (and they can all fit in together so they are less suspicious) pull the rope and slam that door shut. It sounds silly but I swear it works. Now there is a bit of trouble transporting a dog crate full of feral cats. But you'll figure that part out.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 01:27 PM

Close the beach!!! Does the little boat have scuba gear?

Mr. LT went to the dr. again and got a big shot-o-antibiotics in the butt. He has to go AGAIN tomorrow or Wed. Sigh.

Wear gloves when dealing with ferals, People!

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 01:29 PM

I've heard of a tiger shark, but a TURTLE shark? It's not possible!

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 01:42 PM

AWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! LOVE the "Jaws" get-up.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 01:44 PM

HOLY! This turtle is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute! I wish I could've done this with my turtles. Heh. Turtark ahoy!

Wesley J.
 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 01:47 PM

i had NO IDEA that was supposed to be a shark fin. i thought it was some loch ness monster head thing! lol, i'm so weird.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 02:19 PM

Well. This is just too much. Perfect antidote for the incessant political advertising on radio/t.v./billboards/phone messages?? I really wish politicians were included in the "do not call" evil people. Election day cannot come too soon.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 03:26 PM

I once tried to catch a stray one-handed. I thought my cat had gotten outside and tried to grab her with my one free hand. She got away, and I was really pissed. Got inside to put own all my stuff and go out after her, found kitty relaxing on my bed, and flipped that I could have just grabbed a possibly wild stray. I found out later that it was my neighbor's outdoor cat, but man he acts feral when strangers are around!

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 03:31 PM

Darcy -- Your confusion is understandable. Shark fins aren't actually curved; this turtle's wearing a fin salvaged from a decommissioned dolphinbot. But shark jokes seem to have more universal appeal, so what the hey.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 03:50 PM

Too totally awesome and adorably cute!!

As for the feral cat's, got bit and scratched by one, thinking it was mine when i was about 10. Had to undergo rabies shots for 4 days before they found and captured it, and determined that it was indeed not rabid. NOT FUN!!!Good luck to both U, and kittehs.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 04:13 PM

I worked with a guy once who still had the little turtle he got from a pet shop as a kid. The turtle was 25 years old and lived in his house as a member of the family, went outside with the kids, and slept in the bathtub.

Also, something to keep in mind about handling the kitters, feral and otherwise: When you grab a cat or kitten by the scruff of the neck, it triggers what's called the "kitten response," causing them to go limp as if mama cat is carrying them. Works most of the time unless Mr. Kitty is very aggressive and upset.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 04:49 PM

How very clever...he has fooled you into believing he is merely a shark trying to be a shark, when truly he is--- A SHARK IN TURTLE COSTUME JUST WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO TRY TO PET A CUTE TURTLE!!!!! notice the smug look on his face.

 |  Oct 23, 2006 at 05:38 PM

Best post ever!

 |  Oct 24, 2006 at 09:06 AM

I love the turtle! He thinks he is disguised! "No one will know it is me when I show up for the party now!"

 |  Oct 24, 2006 at 10:18 AM

Maybe it's a shark in a turtle costume. Too cute!!!

 |  Oct 24, 2006 at 01:24 PM

Where gonna need a bigger boat!

 |  Oct 24, 2006 at 04:30 PM

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