St-Amable man helps a turtle cross the street after seeing Global News report

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Snapping turtle spotted in Saint-Amable
WATCH: A Saint-Amable resident came across an unexpected creature in the middle of the road. As Global's Billy Shields reports, Alex Ormand helped the snapping turtle safely make its way to a neighbour's yard – Jul 27, 2018

Alex Ormand was just supposed to buy paint for his house on Friday morning when he found it in the middle of the road, just a few hundred metres from his home — a snapping turtle crossing the street.

“I saw the broadcast on Wednesday,” he told Global News. “And so I tried to call the city — I called [animal] protection in Sorel.” He eventually got through to someone who told him what to do.

According to David Rodrigue, who runs the Ecomuseum in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, there actually is a right and a wrong way to help a turtle cross a street. “Look at where the head is pointing,” he said.

Turtles usually get on the street for a reason, he said. “They know where they’re going.”

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Putting them back on the end of the road where they started will just lead them to cross the road again, he said.

It is better putting them off the road in the direction they were headed. He also added that turtles not on the road should just be left alone.

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