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    Talking Turtle Survives Concrete Entombment!

    Reptile ends up in newly poured floor
    Friday, May 05, 2006
    Dean Narciso
    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH



    Had the worker not seen the quivering lump, a slow death would have been certain.

    The worker, using a heavy trowel machine to smooth the newly poured concrete floor, saw the 2-inch-long turtle just before noon Wednesday as it struggled to escape entombment.

    "Somehow he survived the trip over from the plant and from the pump up to the fifth floor and then the finishing machines that drove over it," said Jeff Ruschau, project manager at Messer Construction, the general contractor on the new Nationwide building going up at Marconi and Nationwide boulevards.

    "It’s not uncommon," said Art Marchi, vice president of sales at Anderson Concrete on Frank Road.

    "You’re in the lakes next to our stockpiles and turtles will crawl out and (sun)bathe themselves on a pile and may fall asleep or something," said Marchi, a 30-year veteran of the concrete business.

    Being scooped, dropped and mashed in a violent soup of gravel, sand and concrete was only the beginning for the armored reptile.

    The turtle also survived the churning trip inside the concrete truck. And at the job site, the lumpy mixture was pumped up a tube and dumped out. The entire odyssey would have lasted more than four hours.

    "It was quite a journey," Marchi said.

    Then it survived the trowel machine, which uses rotating blades and its quarter-ton weight to smooth nearly cured concrete.

    "The guy thought it was a piece of wire mesh until it started moving," said Marchi, who recalled finding turtles and even a snake on jobs. "It’s not unusual to get critters."

    The trowel-machine operator, an employee for Cincinnati-based Jostin Concrete, could not be reached for comment.

    Messer’s Ruschau called Anderson with a cryptic message that Marchi figured out only yesterday: "I’ve got something that belongs to you."

    Most turtles native to Columbus are water and box turtles and are equipped to withstand some trauma, said Don Winstel, Columbus Zoo assistant director of conservation and education. A turtle can retract its head and limbs for protection, and it hibernates during the winter.

    "It probably is a reflection of them being able to bury in the mud so well and not have to come up for air," Winstel said. "Its metabolism may not have been requiring a lot of oxygen."

    His concern is "what all it consumed and took in through the eyes and nose."

    Still, he said "It’s amazing to think of it going through all that and still fighting its way to the surface."

    Yesterday, the recuperating turtle appeared to be in good condition at Messer’s office at the job site.


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    poor turtles!
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    Default Re: Turtle Survives Concrete Entombment!

    ^^From the pic it looks like it came out alright.
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    Well were the ones invading their homes, they pretty much wont have anything left.
    Last edited by FierceKiten; May 5th, 2006 at 04:00 PM.
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    Awwwww cute turtle. I'm glad it survived. Did everyone else see the banner above this story turtlesale.com ? I wonder what type of pet a turtle would make?

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    My sister was very careless with her turtle. It got sick and she refused to take care of him and so slowing dying. So my mother decided to toss it out, thinking it was dead already. But when she went to put a pizza box off in the trash, it let out these little cries from being sqwashed to death. Poor turdy!
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    I freaking love turtles....I have no idea why, or where it came from, but I loves em.

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    Your mum just threw it in the trash?? Even if it was dead that is still terrible, poor turtle deserves a proper burial just like all of us
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    I know Tiara, but It wasnt mine.
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    ^^ You should have rescued it in the night and ran away with it!!
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    Yea, I should have, but If I did that, I would have expected something very vaulable of mine to be missing the next day. My sister is a thief!! I didnt do anything when her japanese fighting fish committed suiside either!
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    ^^ Sorry but that made me laugh!! fish comitting suicide???
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    Default Re: Turtle Survives Concrete Entombment!

    It's actually pretty common with fighting fish b/c they are jumpers. If the bowl is uncovered they can jump right out of the bowl.

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    He couldnt take it anymore either!
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    I never knew that! Bless them, they must think they're breaking free into the ocean or something then plop, dry, fuzzy carpet - aaaaargghhh - throw me back in!!!! throw me back in!!!! for the love of God throw me back in!!!!

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