To be honest, I have never wondered why before, until I met a desert tortoise who wanted to cross a road.
Desert Tortoise, Stock Photo
My encounter with a desert tortoise occurred while I was on my way home in the late afternoon and I was traveling from a rather isolated community in the desert.
I had just turned onto a two lane road when I noticed something starting to walk into the road ahead. I slowed down and as I got closer I saw that it was a tortoise.
Well, there were several cars behind me who could not see the tortoise. At the rate he was traveling, he was not going to survive to make it to the other side. So, I stopped my car, put on my emergency blinker lights, and got out, lifted him up and carried him to the other side.
On my way back to my car, I was rewarded by the smiles of those stuck in their cars behind mine once they saw why I had stopped.
So, why did the tortoise cross the road? I still wonder why to this day….