Local Terrapin Emerges 75 Years After First Encounter

By Robert Bordelon

After an encounter with Robert Lewis "Bob" Shafer in the early 1940s, a local turtle found itself with his initials on its shell. That turtle was not seen by Shafer again for over 50 years. The terrapin would then reappear to Shafer's nephews just over 75 years following the initial encounter.

On May 26, 1943, Bob Shafer was at home, living with his parents. After going outside, he found a dry land terrapin, or a box turtle. As did many people at that time, he decided to carve his initials, R.L.S., into the turtle's shell, then added the date.

Read more in the Tuesday, July 17, edition of The West Virginia Daily News.


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