Food Pantry gets help in a snap

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A few weeks ago a very spe­cial neigh­bor was found on the drive headed to the Shep­herd’s Food Pantry at Bella Vista Lutheran Church.

He was warmly greeted by most of the staff on duty. Be­ing as unique as he was — we think it was a “he” — it de­manded a photo op­por­tu­nity.

Elaine Schur­man rec­og­nized him im­me­di­ately as an al­li­ga­tor snap­per and con­firmed it with her phone. In spite of his for­mi­da­ble name, he al­lowed John Peschek to pick him up.

Un­for­tu­nately, the photo does not show his “al­li­ga­tor” shell for which he was named. Af­ter his ex­ten­sive “in­ter­view,” he was set back into the ad­join­ing woods with the hope that if “he” was a “she,” she would be headed in the right di­rec­tion for her egg-lay­ing time if that were the case.

He was given some green veg­eta­bles to help him/her on her way.

In­deed the Shep­herd’s Food Pantry wel­comes all our neigh­bors who are in need of help.

Photo sub­mit­ted

June Lear, John Peschek and Me­lanie States show off the tur­tle they found at Shep­herd’s Food Pantry at Bella Vista Lutheran Church.

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