Sophie the terrapin living the life at Pines library

Maybe it’s true that slow and steady wins the race. At least that’s the case with Sophie.

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.

Read full story HERE.


About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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