World Turtle Day began in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue to raise awareness about turtles and tortoises.
How to Celebrate
Since World Turtle Day is all about rescuing the turtles, here are some tips posted at Wikipedia.com:
- Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop as it increases demand from the wild.
- Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured.
- If a tortoise is crossing a busy street, pick it up and take it in the same direction it was going – if you try to make it go back, it will turn right around again.
- Write letters to legislators asking them to keep sensitive habitat preserved or closed to off road vehicles, and to prevent off shore drilling that can lead to more endangered sea turtle deaths.
- Report cruelty or illegal sales of turtles and tortoises to your local animal control shelter.
- Report the sale of any turtle or tortoise of any kind less than four inches. This is illegal everywhere in the U.S.
Other than these things, you can see the turtles at a zoo (although ATR probably doesn’t support it), or perhaps make a watermelon turtle, which ATR recommends.
To celebrate this day, we selected the 1991 Australian four can set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sodas.
The cans consist of all for “Heroes in a Half Shell”, Donatello Raspberry, Leonardo Lemonade, Michaelangelo Tango (This is misspelled as it should be “Michelangelo”), and Raphael Cola.
These sewer-living, mutated by ooze, pizza-loving, martial arts trained, teenaged turtles originated in comics in 1984 and gained popularity starting in 1987 through an animated series, a live action series, and two more animated series.
There have also been countless toys, video games, a few films and many other promotional items. Each turtle was named after an Renaissance era Italian artist: Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael.
Happy World Turtle Day (5/23)!
Photos used by permission of CanMuseum.com