The story of a Michigan scientist who saved the children of a dead turtle is gaining ground on the Internet today. The appearance of a man taking steps to save an unborn baby from a dead animal restores a person’s faith in humanity. Dr. Eric S. Martens, a scientist with the gut microbiome, said he met a turtle in early June this year on his way home from work. To help the animal cross the road, Martens stopped his car and got out, but unfortunately he realized that the animal was already dead because he had been hit by the car.
After a quick glance, the scientists realized that she had probably left the spawning ground. Martens then brought the animal home and performed a section of the maternity ward to rescue the newborns. Fortunately, he was able to take the eggs, which were 7 in total. Martens laid the eggs “in the ground; began the incubation.”
In a series of tweets, Martens shared the whole story.
This story begins sadly but has a happy ending. In early June, I got out of a car that had come home from work to help the turtle cross the road at our request, but it turned out that the careless driver had already hit and killed him. Imagining that he is looking for a place to lay eggs (1/4) pic.twitter.com/5LlJrck74B:– Eric C Martens (@ EricCMartens1) August 1, 2021
I brought her home, performed a secondary euthanasia to make sure, and then my best practice at the turtle maternity ward, which identified 7 perfect eggs (attached) I laid at the base and started incubating (2/4). – Eric C Martens (@ EricCMartens1) August 1, 2021
Explaining the mother tortoise’s maternal instincts, the scientist shared that while she was laying eggs, a huge storm started, which, according to her, is undoubtedly the reason why the tortoise left the water at night.
As I was hatching the eggs, a huge storm started, no doubt prompting her to leave the water that night. Then, a shiny rainbow that (as absurd as it sounds) would cross the ground right where I found it from the angle I saw it (3/4). pic.twitter.com/JLVSEPt4nn:– Eric C Martens (@ EricCMartens1) August 1, 2021
Sharing pictures of the hatched babies, Martens later found out that almost two months later, the incubated eggs began to hatch. Beautiful pictures will just make your day. He wrote that so far 2 turtles have appeared, they are healthy, while 3 of them are still on the way. “It will take a few days to get full strength, maybe a couple of meals before returning to the same pond where my mother came from,” they added.
Today her eggs started to hatch. So far, 2 fully developed և healthy և at least 3 on the way. They will have a few days to gain full strength, մեկ maybe one or two meals before returning to the same pond where their mother came from (4/4). pic.twitter.com/F2LfUTViuE:– Eric C Martens (@ EricCMartens1) August 1, 2021
The users of the microblogging site were moved by this story and wrote that Martens deserved the “kindness award”. “Wonderful story, it made my day,” wrote one user, while many wondered how the scientist was able to perform the maternity ward.
You win the prize of kindness. Great thinking և care. She lives through these babies. – Robin Birdsong (@rbirdsongTX) August 2, 2021
How does a turtle C-segment work? How, where is the incision made? more than just a teacher (@ sgrch22) August 2, 2021
Thank you for saving the generation. However, how did you operate on the turtle? – Dr. Temitop Fadipe, Ph.D. (@TopeSalaam) August 2, 2021
Some even called Martens a “hero” for his kind gesture.
What do you think of this heartbreaking story?
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