Fluffy the alligator snapping turtle – level 3

19-02-2024 07:00

In Cumbria, an alligator snapping turtle named Fluffy was rescued from Urswick Tarn, near Ulverston.

Despite its misleading name, this turtle has a spiky appearance and a fierce bite. Denise Chamberlain, familiar with snapping turtles from her time in Florida, recognized it and organized its rescue. These turtles, native to the US, have powerful jaws capable of cutting through bones. Although not illegal as pets in the UK, they are challenging to care for, leading to possible abandonment.

Chamberlain, unable to find help, took matters into her own hands, safely capturing Fluffy. The turtle was later examined by Dr. Kate Hornby, who noted its rarity in the UK. Fluffy will be relocated to a specialized reptile center. It’s believed Fluffy was once a pet, underscoring the importance of proper research and care for exotic animals.

Difficult words: abandonment (leaving someone or something forever), reptile (a type of animal, such as a snake, turtle, or crocodile), underscore (to emphasize).

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What challenges do exotic pet owners face and how does the story of Fluffy underscore the importance of responsible ownership?

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