16 July 2010

The Story of a Green Tortoise: Let Her Return Home

After many weeks of persuading my little nephew to let go of a green tortoise that he’d been keeping since he picked it up while it was trying to get across a road about 2 months before, he finally agreed.
We chose to release it at this beautiful little creek with very little possibility of getting caught by tortoise-eating humans that many Sabahans still weirdly are.
He had actually gotten too fond of it that he couldn’t bring himself into releasing it that my mom had to come to give him the necessary support.
You know, you can’t let go of something that you’ve grown so fond of just like that. It takes courage and you all should know better. :-)
Sensing almost instantly that she would finally be getting back to where she should have always belonged to, the tortoise dashed quickly off right into the river and instantly disappeared upon release. Tough it was excruciatingly painful to see how it was so hard for this little kid to let go of something that he had grown quite so fond of, we all knew it was just the right thing to do.
The tortoise actually resurfaced briefly one last time before disappearing forever and we all knew she wanted to stay Thank U. Somehow, we were all happy not only for her but for ourselves.
My nephew actually refused to leave, hoping that the tortoise would resurface another one last time, but she didn’t.
You see, 10 years from now when he thinks back of it again, he’d be grateful for what he did because he could always call himself – the kid who had returned a tortoise back to a river.  
And it was where she should always belong to.. :-)

13 comments:

ken said...

awww.. goodbye tortoise!
take care! =)

Lizeewong said...

Aww...THat's sweet...:)

tortoise said...

i am back home now. just to say thank you :-)

Kelvin said...

I tot that kind of tortoise can't be eaten?

JIPP said...

Kelvin: It's hard to say, we eat just about everything here. :-D
Tortoise: Glad to know u're doing well. Stay in the river, don't come out into the road again OK? :-P

[SK] said...

kudos!! i like this.. and you should keep this blog and let your nephew read it 5 years later.. :)

JIPP said...

Yupp. I'll do that. Thanks. :-)

KwOnG FeI said...

good job!
in msia, some even placed it to the drain..
the drain with a lot of rubbsih

JIPP said...

Thanks KF. Yeah, wouldn't do that. They deserve a better place.

chegu carol said...

tus sa rasa guilty pula. we once kept two tortoise who had lost their way to our house. my father in-law said, since it was going its way to our home, that means good luck is on us. so must keep the tortoise well. i think mau more than 5 years juga lah the tortoise with us before they just suddenly disappeared one day.

will bear this in mind the next time we see a tortoise dtg rumah lagi....

JIPP said...

LOL Carol. It's OK bah since you were keeping them well. I think the finally made they own way home. Hehe.

ULAI said...

hello tortoise! i know who you are...hehe!!! thank you jipp! you just help save the planet for your nephew and the rest of the children all over the world ^ - ^

JIPP said...

yeah, i hope other children will follow suit. We really need to tell them that the planet doesn't belong to us humans alone. Send my regards to tortoise. :-P

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