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Posted by W von Papinešu on July 31, 2002 at 11:02:45:
THE INDEPENDENT (London, UK) 31 July 02 Crusty the terrapin terrorises Wigan (Ian Herbert)
It has attacked some of Wigan's finest grebes and is feared to be chomping its way through the town's population of rare great-crested newts and ducks. But help was at hand last night in the search for a three-foot terrapin deemed persona non grata by local naturalists.
The offending North American Red Eared Terrapin has been named Crusty ("because he looks like a meat pie").
Countryside rangers had been receiving a call a week reporting the presence of "a giant turtle" before a local naturalist, Jayne Simon, caught sight of it attacking a grebe's nest earlier this week. As she got closer, she found that it was a reptile "the size of a dinner plate".
Graham Workman, a countryside services manager, identified it as a terrapin, perhaps up to 15 years old. How to catch it is another problem.