Things you never expect to hear

“Uh, Gary tower, Conqust 4588…there’s a really HUGE snapping turtle on the taxiway”

“Ok, We will send someone out”.

And a few minutes later, as I taxiied past the turtle “Gonna take take 2 or more people to move him, he’s better than 18 inches across”.

I hope they didn’t hurt him moving him off the runway. As I departed, they had a big rope they were pulling him with, one guy on each side, sliding him off the pavement. 

I bet he was more than 50 years old.