Today’s Love Story is from Leo, who shares how a random meeting on a New York street led to a lasting friendship with turtles Omelette and Carmen. Leo, who lives in Spain, will receive an Our Furever Family mug for his essay.
It was about 6 years ago, I was on my way to have dinner with my friends in China Town (NYC), we passed by a Chinese supermarket, I looked down and in a bucket there were a few turtles.
I love turtles so I stayed a little and watched them swim. I was not prepared for what it was about to happen.
A woman orders 3 turtles, man grabs them, puts then in a bag, slams them against the floor and bang, they are ready for a hot winter soup.
I just couldn’t believe what I witnessed, I was abhorred. I forgot about dinner with friends, asked the man to put the 5 remainder turtles to go, ALIVE. He grabbed the bag put some water and there I was walking back home with the turtles. Stopped by a pet store and got a tank, a filter, some rocks and turtle food.
The turtles were not bigger than a quarter, I knew they were going to die, but the way they were destined to end was too cruel. Three of them died. Omelette is still alive; I called her Omelette because she still had egg shell on her nose when I got her. The other was named Carmen. Both of them outgrew the tank; they are huge monsters now.
I one put some fish in the tank and plants; it looked so beautiful. The next morning no plants and a bunch of fish tails. I learned the hard way.
Turtles are people too.
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