Arlington Heights, Illinois
Beverly Ottaviano thought she had seen a ghost when her daughter’s doll stroller started moving with no one in sight. But it wasn’t a phantom—it was Nicky the box turtle on a joyride!
The six-inch-long reptile was searching for food when her shell bumped into the stroller’s axle. But Nicky didn’t seem to notice. She just pushed the two-and-a-half-foot-tall carriage along with her as she continued to hunt.
OUT FOR A STROLL Soon the family started planting Nicky’s favorite foods—grubs or worms—under the stroller. “She’d see the food and go for the stroller almost every time,” Ottaviano says. Now she doesn’t even need food to perform the trick. One look at the stroller and she’s on a roll!
Text by Robin Terry
Photograph by Matthew Gilson
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