Dogs are trained to track many, many things. Drugs, guns, prey -- but turtles? That is the case for Koda, an Australian shepherd mix. Koda has been specifically trained to track and find eastern box turtles, which are a locally rare species in Massachusetts due to habitat loss. After a year of training, Koda got to test her her abilities in Franklin Park in late August -- and succeeded quite well!
A snapping turtle decided to go from one pond to another in the Arnold Arboretum, crossing a road and then scurrying into the weeds and disappearing. This is not a slow and steady turtle -- and there were no obvious hares or bunnies around... Turtle crossing in Arnold Arboretum (Part 1 of 2) from JamaicaPlainNews.com on Vimeo. Turtle Crossing in Arnold Arboretum (Part 2) from JamaicaPlainNews.com on Vimeo.