Master Oogway had a great time at the WhiteCoat Transient Home for Displaced Reptiles, but is being brought back to his permanent home this morning.
Since we never cared for a turtle before, Mrs. WhiteCoat went to the local pet store and consulted with a reptilian expert about the turtle’s care. The reptile expert confirmed that Mr. Oogway should get daily warm baths (which he was not getting at school) and that he likes bananas, strawberries, and worms for snacks (mealworms, not the intestinal kind).
The reptile expert also reminded us that salmonella is a natural flora for a turtle and that anyone touching the turtle should therefore wash his or her hands to avoid getting a salmonella infection.
Over the weekend, six year old daughter WhiteCoat had a couple of friends over and introduced them to our dog, then to our fish, then to Master Oogway.
One of the mom’s friends was talking to Mrs. WhiteCoat, stopped in mid-sentence, and gave Mrs. WhiteCoat a quizzical look when daughter WhiteCoat told her friends:
“This is the turtle we’re watching until school starts again. You can pet him, but just wash your hands afterwards. He is infected with deadly diseases.”