Have you ever run over a turtle?
Odd question, I know. However, a student at Clemson University conducted a study to see the darker side of human nature. He placed a realistic looking fake turtle in the road and watched as most drivers deliberately tried to run over the animal. The student also cited many friends who thought that running over the slow creature was funny. His professor wasn’t surprised, saying, “They seem so helpless and cute. I want to stop and help them. My kids want to stop and help them. My wife will stop and help turtles no matter how much traffic there is on the road. I can’t understand the idea why you would swerve to hit something so helpless as a turtle.”
Would you run over a turtle crossing the road, or would you stop to move it out of harm’s way?
Liriodendron on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 4:01 am
My family rescues about 30 turtles a year from the road- we are almost always willing to run through traffic to save them. Now we have about 19 turtles in our pond so we’ve been relocating some rescues elsewhere. So far, our most exciting rescue was a 14 inch snapping turtle that almost bit my mom’s thumb when she took him out of the car. Two years later, we had a baby dinosaur crawling through the grass. It’s all about the karma! Besides, if your turtles stick around, they will lay eggs and baby turtles are soooooo fun! They aren’t remotely shy so you can just pick them up out of the water and play with them.
macies123 on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 9:24 am
I wouldnt hit no turtle i would just try not to hit.If people think its cool they should think about how it can mess up their tires and there is a possibility they could almost or actually wreck if their going a certain amount of speed.think about do it by accident is ok but trying to do it on purpose ur risking a flat tire or/and having a wreck.
sexyabby4u on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 9:11 am
just another example of how people today (if u wanna call them that)
have no respect for life in any form,whether its animal or human:(
no wonder i love the company of animals more than humans,also why i wanna be a vet:)
Experiments on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 7:41 am
No D; i have two of them :3
babygirlhotti09 on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 11:00 pm
my sisters both have orante box turtles and they love them so do I. If I would ever see a turtle on the road I would help so no one would hit it. Why hit a tutrle? some may snap but who cares dont kill them or any animal.
SnowyNight on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10:32 pm
Who would try to hit something on purpose? Especially an animal -.-
I probably wouldn’t bother stopping to help it, but I would avoid hitting it as best I could. Them people are just f**king idiots.
alexiswashere on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 8:12 pm
What sick **** would run a turtle over deliberately?
OMFGSQUIRRELS on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm
I wouldn’t hit the damn thing but I wouldn’t stop to move it either.
Grimm420tx on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 6:50 pm
I dont get why anybody would want to run over anything, I always feel like **** afterwards. ran over a possum once and had to run back over it to kill it, didnt want to but it was obvious that it had a crushed spine so its the only thing I could do.
lalalove25 on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 6:28 pm
:O that’s horrible! Who would want to run over a turtle?! And go that matter, find it funny?! People these days are horrible, running over poor innocent turtles like like that!