Roots & Shoots, a program of the Jane Goodall Institute
Recently a friend tragically died in a house fire along with her dog and aquarium creatures. Her home was destroyed – yet, miraculously, once we could safely enter, we found her three much-loved Eastern Box tortoises. One is more than twenty years old.
All her life my friend had rescued tortoises. Her relatives were thrilled to know the turtles had survived. One cousin gently and lovingly caressed their backs. We all agreed that the Sedgwick County Zoo would be the best place for them to live in an appropriate habitat.
From this tragedy came an outpouring of kindnesses. At the funeral everyone was given a miniature ceramic tortoise from her collection. Her three tortoises now at the zoo serve as ambassadors and remembrances of my friend’s reverence for all living things.