Last of his tribe has found love
WHEN two turtles find love, it’s a cause for shellebration.
It seems Cupid may have struck for Murray the Murray River turtle, who for many years lived a lonely bachelor existence at the Victoria Park pond.
Regulars to the park adjacent to Sydney University say the shy river turtle was once part of a family of turtles at the lake, but in recent years only Murray could be seen.
When City of Sydney ecologists were called in as part of park rejuvenation works, it was decided Murray would be relocated to the wetlands of Sydney Park.
For those concerned about his welfare, the council has bad news — Murray will not be coming back to Victoria Park, but for good reasons.
“We think he may have found a friend,” a council spokesman said.
“There have been two Murray River turtles seen sitting on a log in the mornings at Sydney Park, and we think one of them is him as most of the turtles at the park are Eastern longnecks.
“So it appears he has found a special friend.”
Once an industrial wasteland, Sydney Park now has four wetlands which have become an important habitat for native wildlife.
Together with black-winged stilts and swans, the area is also becoming a breeding ground for frogs and eastern long-necked turtles.
Murray’s old home at Northam Lake may one day again attract turtles.
The council rejuvenation works now being conducted will include more wetland plants and stormwater filters.
Murray is a turtle in love.