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Turkey and its Wildlife
Submitted by Tiffany on 18 May, 2011 - 10:04
It began with a tortoise crossing the road, naturally I screeched to a halt, took a photo then picked it up to carry it across. At which point I had the brilliant idea of taking a selfy with it (for those who don't come into regular contact with teenagers, a selfy is a self portrait photo taken at arm's length). By this point Tommy the tortoise was getting quite annoyed, scratching and hissing loudly, in fact it was a struggle to hold him in one hand, I wisely decided to keep my helmet on to protect my face and then held Tommy up in one hand and with the other held the camera and clicked a couple of shots, at which point the tortoise lunged forward and bit the camera. He'd obviously had enough of this impromptu photo shoot. One more picture for luck and then I carried him across the road and set him free.
Later that day I had a couple more close calls with the local wildlife when first a couple of low-flying storks swooped over the road as I rode past, it felt as if their trailing legs were going to hit me. Then a bee gotin my helmet and proceeded to sting my face.
There are the usual goats, donkeys and cows straying into the road, usually being pursued by someone with a large stick, who then waves the stick enthusiastically at me, inwhat I'm hoping is a friendly manner. The further east we went, the colder the weather became and there were reports of 10 cm of snow falling in the city of Erzurum. A place we would have to pass through. I already have my Gerbing heated jacket switched on so I'm not looking forward to snow as well.