Couple Spot a Strange Police Officer In Torrential Rain. But They’re Stunned When They Realize What She’s Doing!

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Police officers work to serve and protect the public, it’s the motto they swear by and everyday they answer calls all across the country of people seeking help.  While the majority of their time is spent dealing with traffic issues and disturbances involving people, sometimes they have to assist other animals in need. Simply put, cops never know what they are going to come across when on the job, and one Maryland police officer could have never guessed she’d be praised for what she did one dark and stormy day.

When Carolyn Hammett and her husband were driving near their home in Greenbelt, Maryland they witnessed the cops selfless act.  Rain was coming down in sheets, it was absolutely pouring outside, and yet up ahead in the middle of the road was a dark figure.  As they got closer the couple realized that it was a police officer and she was standing over something on the road. The officer was soaking wet and yet she was smiling down at her feet, looking as happy as a clam out in the storm.  

When they finally got close enough the Hammett’s realized that the cop was standing guard over a snapping turtle!  Someone had luckily spotted the turtle trying to cross the road and told the officer who then stopped to assist it.  Since it was raining hard the little guy wasn’t easy to see and she didn’t want it to get hit by a car, so she pulled over and stood by it.  Being a snapping turtle, she couldn’t just pick it up without risking getting bit, plus it’s best to not handle any wild creatures. Either way, the officer wanted to keep it safe and had become the turtle’s bodyguard for the duration of his crossing.

Carolyn and her husband were amazed at what the officer was doing.  They knew most people would just keep driving, and even fewer would actually stand in the rain in the middle of the road to protect a turtle.  Inspired by the selfless act, they too pulled over and Carolyn’s husband jumped out of the car with an umbrella in hand. He ran over to the officer and shielded her from the rain while they chatted about the turtle’s predicament.

The officer had called animal control to come move the turtle out of the road, but there was no telling when they’d arrive.  For now, all she could do was stand guard and wait. Having dealt with snappers before, the Hammett’s knew just what to do. They ran home and got two shovels, then used them to pick the turtle up off the road and place him on the side where he’d be safe.  Now they could all rest easy and change into warn, dry clothes!

The cop who was guarding the turtle that day was Officer Sharnise Hawkins-Graham.  She ended up being awarded the 2017 Greenbelt Police Officer of the Year for her outstanding service and dedication, shown not only on that rainy day, but all throughout the year.  It’s inspiring to see others act so unexpectedly compassionate towards even the smallest of creatures among us, and when the Hammett’s saw Officer Hawkins-Graham, they were moved to help out as well.  

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Fishermen Noticed This Strange Turtle Floating In The Ocean. Then They Saw He Needed Help Immediately!

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This planet is filled with so much wonderful forms of life. There is life in almost every crevice and part of planet earth. But as humans begin encroaching on other native species environments, it has been pretty devastating to animals, plants and any other type of life on Earth.

From people littering, chemical dumping, air/water pollution all have led to many plants and animals becoming endangered and in some cases even extinct!

Today’s story takes place in Tasmania when a bunch of fishermen spotted a strange looking turtle floating on the water. Not only were they concerned with the behavior they saw which was completely atypical for turtles, but this creature was way out of his normal environment and was most likely in way over his heads.

Many native animals are seen by people who live on the coast of Tasmania and for fisherman who are out on the water everyday. Some animals that are seen pretty often are Dolphins, Sea Birds, Whales and lots of others. However this turtle was a Loggerhead Turtle a species that is not native to the area

The fishermen decided to take matters into their own hands. They casted nets to try and pick the turtle up and attempt to rescue the poor thing. When they scooped the turtle out onto their boat, they began to examine the organism to try and figure out what was wrong.

The first thing that popped out, was massive amounts of barnacles which means that he mostly likely hasn’t been active for a very long time.  He was lethargic, week and was in close-to-death condition. They weren’t exactly sure what to do so they called the Marine Conservation Program.

The Marine Conservation keeps tabs on all the native animals and plants on the region to make sure the ecosystem is thriving and in staying in symbiotic harmony between all the life forms.

A lot of times, their main job is to get called by native citizens who see an animal that is in really bad shape and they come out, determine the issue and then take care of it. The Marine Conservation sent over some people to help bring this beautiful turtle back into good health……

Watch the video below to see what finally happened to this Logger Head Turtle:

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