The high temperatures in Texas resulted in a drought that left bodies of water barren in the state. Reports say 33 turtles were rescued by a resident in Cedar Park after a pond in the area recently dried up.The heat waves and high temperatures in Texas resulted in a record of 105 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 10 days in the city of Austin. In the suburb of Cedar Park around 16 miles northwest of Austin, Sasha Bulkley reportedly saw a couple of turtles attempting to cross the street after a pond nearby had dried up due to the high temperatures in Texas.
Fortunately, according to Garcia, Bulkley drove the turtles to the Brushy Creek Lake Park which is around a mile and a half away from her neighborhood. However, the following day, when Bulkley was heading to a Pilates class, she again saw two more turtles scattered across the grass and the sidewalk.
Further reports say Bulkley had been monitoring the pond in the area due to the high temperatures in Texas as the water was getting alarmingly low. Within the last few days of the pond drying up, Bulkley reported that she was able to relocate and save a total of 33 turtles.
How to Help Animals During Sweltering Heat
According to Shafiq, the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)’s Wildlife Center stated that to help animals during high temperatures in Texas, it is recommended to leave a clean source of water like a birdbath for them.
Nonetheless, the Houston SPCA further stated that unless the turtles were injured, ill, or covered in insects, they did not need to be taken in. This suggests that the turtles were most likely looking to make a nest and should be helped toward the direction they were traveling.