Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
PORTALES—Why did the turtle cross the road? Well, if you really must know, come and ask the turtle yourself.
The snapping turtle in the Natural History Museum (NHM) exhibit located in Roosevelt Hall at Eastern New Mexico University arrived in the same fashion as in the road joke. A concerned citizen saw him crossing the highway north of Portales, caught the turtle in a 50-gallon plastic trash can, and brought him to the museum where he now resides.
The NHM staff has another question. What do you name a turtle that arrived under these circumstances? We would like your opinion! Come to the museum in Room 112 of Roosevelt Hall and place your suggestions for a name. At the end of March, the museum staff will choose a suggested name, and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the ENMU Bookstore and an autographed copy of Dr. Tony Gennaro's book, "Nature's Way."
For more information, call the Museum at 505.562.2174.