After a turtle dies from attack, there is still hope for her eggs
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DELAVAN - The turtle that was beaten with a golf club in Delavan has died. But there's still hope for the eggs it left behind.
Those eggs are safe and sound right where the mother left them and where they're being monitored. Wildlife experts say this turtle abuse case has drawn international attention and it happens much more than you think.
It's hard to imagine anyone capable of beating a turtle so brutally, its shell collapses and its lungs rupture.
"With the number of incidents of animals, wildlife, reptiles that are being abused, I'm embarrassed to be a part of this species," said Jeannie Lord.
Lord runs the Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Fredonia where the turtle was taken before it died, and where this abuse is just the tip of the iceberg.
"That bird that is sitting right there, the Red Tail Hawk, came to us 12 years ago," she said. "There are bullets lodged behind its brain."
But there's some hope after the horror, because the eggs the turtle laid are still in good shape. Wildlife experts chose to leave them at the golf course, in the same spot, where the mother wanted them to grow.
"Because those courses are managed on a daily basis, it'll take at least one month to two for those eggs to hatch," Lord explained. "If they see that occurring, we would be there immediately."
Lord also wants people to know this is prime egg-laying season, and just about anywhere is an option.
Earlier this week, a man from Waukesha County was hit by a bus when he tried to save a turtle in the middle of the street. It was a situation you might not expect, but something Jeannie says shouldn't be a surprise.
"With urbaization, habitat loss, it's not unusual. Where are they going to go? That's not a rhetorical question," Lord said.
There is a reward for information leading to the person who did this. Between the Global Conservation Group in Watertown and PETA, it's now up to $6,000.