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Old September 18th 05, 02:18 AM
Bill Bunn
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I had a painted turtle and a red eared slider that had outgrown the turtle
bowl in the house. They were almost as large as the palm of a hand. So out
in the backyard pond (6'x12' about 2' deep,plastic liner) they went with the
goldfish. They were doing very well, sunning on a log and competing with the
goldfish for food. One evening I was sitting at the window overlooking the
pond during a severe thunderstorm and lightning struck really close by. A
huge flash and crack. I found no damage but the turtles are gone. The
goldfish are OK and the pond and pump are fine. I assume the shock killed
them and they are on the bottom.
Has anyone heard of an incident like this?


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Old September 18th 05, 02:52 AM
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"Bill Bunn" wrote in message
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I had a painted turtle and a red eared slider that had outgrown the turtle
bowl in the house. They were almost as large as the palm of a hand. So out
in the backyard pond (6'x12' about 2' deep,plastic liner) they went with
the
goldfish. They were doing very well, sunning on a log and competing with
the
goldfish for food. One evening I was sitting at the window overlooking the
pond during a severe thunderstorm and lightning struck really close by. A
huge flash and crack. I found no damage but the turtles are gone. The
goldfish are OK and the pond and pump are fine. I assume the shock killed
them and they are on the bottom.
Has anyone heard of an incident like this?

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I would think anything that would kill a turtle would also kill your fish.
Sometimes we don't see our red eared slider for several days at a time.
Could your turtles have simply wandered off? Are there dogs wandering
around your neighborhood? Raccoons?
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Old September 19th 05, 02:29 AM
Bill Bunn
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The turtles were there before the storm and gone after.


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Old September 19th 05, 02:37 AM
Reel Mckoi
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The turtles were there before the storm and gone after.

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If the lightning did kill them you should find their bodies soon (bad odor).
I hope you do because if they died in the water they can make a real foul
mess in no time. If you haven't found their bodies I would suspect
something came along and took them, or they just wandered away.
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