A Tale of Two Turtles

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 3:00pm
Red eared slider

Expecting the unexpected is par for the course when rescuing animals from cases of cruelty. But little did we know that two turtles would become part of the story of thousands of birds rescued from a cockfighting bust earlier this month.

Outside the raid site in Queens, Julia Blue, an ASPCA responder, discovered an abandoned red-eared slider. Julia took the turtle, whom she named Spalding, to her home, where her bunny, a hare named Jack, was not thrilled with his new slow-and-steady companion.

Meanwhile, a New York Times reporter, who was covering the raid, also found a turtle, encrusted in snow and ice, at the scene. She contacted the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society (NYTTS), and the organization agreed to find placement for the lucky reptile, who was named Ice-T by Times readers.

Julia contacted the NYTTS, too, and eventually the two turtles were reunited. Both turtles were placed with an urban wildlife education program, where according to NYTTS, their back story will help bring attention to the larger issues facing abandoned pets.

Read more about the two turtles’ fairy tale ending in the New York Times blog, New York Today.

ASPCA staff responder holding a turtle

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tors and turtles are some of my favorite people. GOOD ON U!!


I shed tears of joy for the two captivating turtles. It's such a wonderful feeling to get heartwarming news for a change. Kudos to the rescuers!!


My brother and I had turtles when we were kids. They were so cool. I would like to get another pair someday. I am so glad these two were rescued and once again together. I don't understand how people can be so cruel. My sincerest regards to the ASPCA for giving 120% everyday to help the helpless animals of all kind.


Just sent a few minutes doing water R&R in my RES tank. My turtle girdle Chewy loves it. She swims up to the siphon and tries to bite the tube. She is very interactive and lets me know it's breakfast time every morning by swimming up to the tank and staring at me while I have my coffee. if I don't get up and feed her, she starts banging around the tank til she gets her pellets. Love turtles.


I am always happy when any animal in distress is rescued. Keep up the good work and a Big Thank You to all who rescue any living animal or creature.

Heather 14

Thank goodness they were saved and reunited

Shirley Collins

That is one happy ending!!!


I love the happy ending stories....the happy ending stories give me more incentive to donate to the causes for the animals. The ASPCA are true heros. Keep up the wonderful work you do.


aaawwww so cute!! Glad there's animal lovers out there like me with big hearts!


I admire the excellent job the ASPCA do! Fighting against Animal Cruelty!!
I am an animal Lover too!