The 7-year-old terrapin has lived a life of luxury at the Ocean Pines library, since she was just a hatchling, about one and one-half inches long, an orphan whose mother was killed by a car while carrying unhatched eggs in her shell.
A park ranger came to the rescue. Some of the babies were hatched and released. Sophie had a shell deformity and was donated to the library, where she has slowly grown and steadily gained a loving following.
Not least among them is librarian Pat Barrett, who, every two days or so, sees that Sophie has what could be compared to a woman’s day at the spa. At the appointed hour, Barrett lifts her out of the 125-gallon tank at the rear of the library, the tank she shares with a large algae-eating fish named Max, and places her in a shallow plastic tub. Barrett carries her to the sink in the back room of the library and places her in tepid water that covers her head.
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