I briefly had a pet turtle as a young girl. It wandered into our backyard one day and I decided to put it in a box and keep it. The turtle was too big for the box, but I didn't care. What did I know? I was a kid. My parents were nice about me having this kind of pet... but knew the turtle wouldn't survive long... living that way. So, after a couple days... they let it back into the wild. Of course they didn't tell me they did that. I just assumed the creature escaped on his own. I searched high and low for it... but it had completely vanished. It made me very sad. I liked the turtle. However... within a few days, I was easily distracted with a little toad I had found. So... life moved forward. Recently, I visited with my grandchildren and when I told them the story of my pet turtle, they sat one of their play ones on my shoulder to keep me company. Kids do the darndest things, don't they???