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Turtle take down

May 31, 2013

Post & Mail photos / Linda Hoskins

As school came to an end for Whitko Community School Corporation, an unexpected visitor was found on the premises of Whitko High School.

A large snapping turtle was camped out on the lawn at WHS, and Joe Jackson, head custodian for the school, took on the challenge of removing the turtle from the property.

The turtle had made its way to the front of the building, but it was uncertain where it came from.

Traditionally when threatened, snapping turtles will snap and hiss while standing on all four legs and rocking back and forth to intimidate its potential attacker, living up to its name—snapping turtle.

Jackson took precaution by wearing thick work gloves to pick up the hard-shell reptile. Once captured, he transported the turtle in a small utility vehicle, where Jackson then released the turtle in a nearby pond.

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