Why was this turtle crossing the road?

It is rare to see a Western Pond Turtle. They are very shy and usually found near or in a river. Peter Baye came across one crossing a road on a very warm day.

Western Pond Turtle crossing the road by Peter Baye

Peter was concerned that the turtle would get harmed by a passing car. He picked it up, planning to take it to the riverbank...and the turtle peed, probably in fright.

Western Pond turtle peeing by Peter Baye

Peter returned the turtle to one of the forks of the Gualala River. This is what it looks like in its usual habit, photo also taken by Peter.

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Thanks to Peter for allowing me to share his photos with you here.

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