A Musk turtle found in pretty bad shape on Newman Road last month has recovered nicely and has a new home at River Bend Nature Center.

The Little Kohler-based Pine View Wildlife and Rehabilitation Center took in the turtle after it had been hit by a car on July 7. Having injured its head and beak, the turtle had an upper respiratory infection, was dehydrated and emaciated. The turtle’s caretaker said his condition suggested that he had probably been out of the water for some time.

“Fortunately he was spotted on the road and rescued by a Racine resident, who then contacted Pine View Wildlife and Rehabilitation Center,” according to River Bend Nature Center’s newsletter. “Pine View is a wildlife facility committed to Wisconsin wildlife, and has been rehabilitating wildlife and doing public outreach education for over thirty years.”

Musk turtles live most of their lives in shallow water and only seek land when they are trying to lay their eggs or bask.

Luckily, this little guy had a guardian angel.

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.