Shell shock: Turtle takes on pooch in backyard blitz
THERE are many ferocious creatures in the animal kingdom but none as deadly as the yellow-faced turtle.
On Monday a turtle was brought into Ark Animal Hospital after a Marlow Lagoon resident found the creature fighting their dog.
Ark Animal Hospital veterinary nurse Geraldine Reid cared for the turtle and said the creature was probably searching for a new home.
"I think it's made its way from the lagoon trying to find another body of water and ended up in suburbia," she said.
"We've had a pretty bad Wet season so a lot of the bodies of water are getting low on food and water levels so they move on to find a new place."
Ms Reid said the species wasn't aggressive but was well equipped to hold its own in a scrap.
"It was probably being defensive because the dog approached it," she said.
"Normally turtles come in with punctures through their shells but he did a good job standing up for himself."
The fearless turtle will be released back into the wild this week.