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Watch for moving turtles: Slowest animals crossing the road to lay eggs


This is the time of the year that turtles begin laying their eggs; hence, motorists will see more of them trying to cross the road.

Animal Care of Gloucester located at Ordinary is a safe place to bring turtles or other wild animals that may be sick or injured by being hit in the highway to help them recover.

The program started soon after Dr. Danielle Verderame began working for Animal Care two years ago. She said she went to North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Raleigh, and was part of the Turtle Rescue Team at the school. She even was leader of the team her junior year.

“This team played a big part of what I did in school,” Verderame said. “I had a lot of fun being on it. It was a learning experience and I got to help animals at the same time.”

When she arrived in Gloucester, she realized that options for wild animal rehabilitation in the surrounding areas were extremely limited, so she said she began using her...

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