We Don’t Normally Do This



James H writes:

My girlfriend was walking the dog in the park just down from Dartry Mills [off Dartry Road close to its junction with Milltown Road], Dublin when she came across this turtle sitting in the gravel beside the [River] Dodder.

It is injured, bleeding and rather motionless. If anybody somehow lost their turtle or can identify the breed, we’d love for you to get in contact.

34 thoughts on “We Don’t Normally Do This

  1. medieval knievel

    there are a fair few in the dodder – they’re abandoned pets. i think the jury is out on whether they’re able to breed in the irish climate.
    i wonder was this an abandoned pet which fell foul of a dog?

  2. Pockey

    Take it to Bairbre OMalley Veterinary Hospital in Bray if it needs treatment. They specialise in exotics.

  3. Davey T

    I don’t recognise the turtle, but I do recognise the fiver, and would appreciate it returned to me, its rightful owner

  4. Murtles

    Enjoying a break from his natural habitat alongside the Dodder, Terry the Turtle is kidnapped from his home and placed in a plastic box with a rock and forced to eat limes. His little lips grimaced with it’s sourness as he dreamed of all the vegetation in his previous home.

  5. Cormac

    I am a tortoise owner, please bring it to DSPACA asap, you can bring it to the woman in bray, that’s where I bring my tortoise, but you might have to foot the bill. That’s some sort of Terrapin, but it looks like it has sever shell rot. The DSPCA will return. It could probably live out its life in the Dodder but its not good for anyone.

  6. Takeit

    It looks very like a Northern River terrapin although unlikely. It may just look similar. They’re very endangered. More likely a type of western pond turtle (according to Google!!). Either way, take it somewhere to get it checked out.

  7. DazzaMazza

    Its a wakki woku turtle from the Amazon. Im 62% certain. It’s highly poisonous and touching can be fatal. You will feel ok for 24 hours and then you’ll turn inside out.

  8. aidan

    it’s a musk turtle that some dickhead bought in a small plastic tub. it’s been misfed and ill treated for years, and then finally he just dumped it in the river. it’s probably at death’s door now.

  9. Tanya

    Update: The turtle, which we have discovered is a Razorback Musk Turtle, has unfortunately passed away.

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