'He seemed a bit shell-shocked' - Couple find abandoned turtle in Grand Canal
An appeal has been issued for a turtle found abandoned in a popular canal today.
The turtle, which is "about the size of a dinner plate", was found in the Grand Canal near Ardclough, Co Kildare today.
The discovery was made by journalist Rosemary MacCabe and her parents and this evening she made an appeal for the owners to come forward.
She told Independent.ie: "Initially we were a bit reluctant to take him in - you hear stories of stupid people killing animals by removing them from their habitats, like those tourists who put the freezing bison in their car – but I looked it up and apparently any turtles that show up in the canal are there as a result of being dumped.
When you find a turtle by the Grand Canal on a Friday in June... #casual Apparently a lot of pet turtles and terrapins show up around the area because people dump them, maybe because they're bored of them, they've grown too big or they didn't realise how long they'd live. (People are sound.) For now this guy is holed up in my parents' gaf, but if you hear of anyone missing a turtle or want to take one in, holler at me. (I've temporarily named him Fred.)
"They don't survive the winters in Ireland on their own. My parents don't want to keep him, my mum almost freaked at the idea, but we couldn't leave him there either. So we're hoping that he's a runaway, or else that we'll find someone who wants to take him in!"
She added: "He seemed a bit shell shocked".