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Delavan Turtle Dies After Brutal Beating

Delavan Turtle

A Delavan turtle has died following a brutal beating. The snapping turtle was found injured at the Delbrook Golf course in Walworth County, Wisconsin.

The female turtle was hit at least four times, most likely with a golf club. Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources report that the turtle suffered serious injury to her head and her shell. While turtles are often harmed by vehicles and other wildlife, they are rarely found beaten.

As reported by WISN, the Delavan turtle was taken to a facility in Fendoria that specializes in reptiles. Veterinarians who examined the turtle found that she was carrying approximately 30 eggs.

Despite the efforts of everyone involved, the Delavan turtle has now died.

As reported by the Journal Sentinel, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Global Conservation Group of Watertown have pooled their resources to offer a $6,000 reward for information about the attack. The turtle was beaten on Monday morning between 7:30 and 9:30 am.

In Wisconsin, common snapping turtles can be found in and around water sources including lakes, rivers, and ponds. The turtles are primarily known as predators, feeding on small fish and bugs. They are often feared as they have a pointed beak-like mouth and powerful jaws.

As reported by Arkive.org, snapping turtles face numerous threats including pollution, habitat depletion, and overexploitation. Hatchlings are in danger of being eaten by birds and fish. Adult common snapping turtles may become tangled in fishing nets or injured by vehicles while crossing the road.

Unfortunately, the Delavan turtle’s life was cut short by a senseless and brutal attack. Conservationists estimate that the turtle was likely beaten with an iron golf club due to the extent of the injuries.

The Delavan turtle has died, but authorities are still interested in finding the person responsible. Anyone with information about the attack is encouraged to contact the Department of Natural Resources Hotline at (800) TIP-WDNR or (800) 847-9367.

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13 Responses to “Delavan Turtle Dies After Brutal Beating”

  1. Naomi Blackburn

    Seriously…what is the matter with people who can do this to a helpless animal? You know the turtle isn't the only thing he/she is beating…they belong in jail!

  2. Naomi Blackburn

    Seriously…what is the matter with people who can do this to a helpless animal? You know the turtle isn't the only thing he/she is beating…they belong in jail!

  3. Deborah Ramsey Fitzgerald

    This nation has turned into a society of self-centered, intolerant barbarians. If you can't deal with an animal in a humane capcity, how the hell are you going to deal with people?

  4. Deborah Ramsey Fitzgerald

    This nation has turned into a society of self-centered, intolerant barbarians. If someone can't treat an animal in a humane capacity, how the hell are they going to deal with people?

  5. Abra Naber

    Some people are under the impression that snappers gorge on fish and ducklings with an evil spite and bite everything in their paths. Snappers actually prefer carrion and also eat water plants. Then, there are some people who are just plain mean. Poor baby girl. Whoever hurt her probably beats their kids, too. I hope they catch the person who did this. I'd like to take a 9 iron to his or her skull.

  6. Debra Brown

    there are some cruel people in this world and growing crueler by the day. I Just saw a video of some jerk soccer player, picking up a dog who wandered onto the field, by his neck and flinging him at a fence.

  7. Anonymous

    only a REAL man can beat a turtle to death with a golf club.

  8. Louie Kiskowski

    Beware violent sociopaths; time are changing and you will not be tolerated. Budding serial killer on the loose, just waiting to ugrade.. flunk him now.