Terrapin dumped in pond during Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze found alive 25 YEARS later
A terrapin dumped in a pond during the ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ craze in the 1990s has been discovered alive 25 years later.
The yellow-bellied slider turtle has amazed wildlife experts by surviving in the murky Nottingham pond for a quarter of a century.
It is believed to have been put in the lake when it grew too large for its tank after being bought as a present.
Yellow-bellied slider turtles are native to America and usually found in swamps and marshes in Florida and West Virginia.
But one was recently spotted emerging from the waters at a wildlife reserve in Wollaton, Nottingham.
Dog walker Howard Brown, 44, said: “I’d heard rumours of a turtle over the years, but then all talk stopped and they said it had disappeared.
“I walk round there most days, so I started to take my camera to see if I could spot the turtle.
“I zoomed in on a rock in the middle of the pond and saw the yellow-bellied slider right there.”
Terrapins became a popular pet during the original Ninja Turtles craze in the 1980s and 1990s.
Reptile expert Matt Oldham said: “The problem with turtles is that after about three years they get very big and need a lot of attention.
“People can’t afford to keep them. So instead of spending all that money, people get rid of them.
“Judging by his size he is around 25 years old. He must have been bought as a young pet and dumped.
“To live for over 25 years in a Nottingham pond is amazing.”