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Turtles Do Climb Fences!
Chapter one
In the late spring of that year, after the snow had melted
off the roads and hills, the rains came and the turtles woke
up from their long winter sleep. Early in the morning, as
the sun rose in the sky, Dad drove to work down the long
crooked road called St. Mary’s Pike. The rains would
flood the nearby creek and the waters often overflowed
the road. The air was damp, cool but fresh. This day the
road was dry.
As he made his way to work that sunny morning, dad saw
a turtle resting in the middle of the road. Turtles die on
roads. Dad was worried that the turtle might be hit by a
passing car. He stopped and put the turtle to the other
side of the road. He went to work.
The next morning while driving back to work, once again
he saw a turtle on the road. Dad stopped the car and got
out to pick the turtle up. The turtle was warm, even
though the air was cold and wet. The paved road was
almost hot from the morning sun. The turtle was warming
itself on the road in the cool early morning air.
Concerned it might walk back onto the road, Dad rescued
the turtle. He carried the turtle back to the car and placed
him on the floor. After work, he brought the turtle home to
show the children, Katie and Michael. He told the story of
how he found the turtle.
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