Let me tell you some things that most people don't know about turtles.
Turtles are fast. (The slow things aren't turtles; they're tortoises. Different animal altogether.)
They're also aggressive. All the turtles indigenous to North America don't eat lettuce; they eat meat. Fish, mostly; also, the occasional lizard, other reptiles and amphibians, and even unlucky ducks.
That's right, boys and girls, adult slider turtles can take down a full-grown duck.
Anyway, this particular turtle--rather a large specimin--was not one bit happy at his sudden rescue. Turtles have very long claws, and did I mention they're aggressive? He let me know he didn't appreciate what I was doing, with his claws.
We took him to a protected wildlife preserve, fussing and scratching the whole way. And therein lies the rub.
You see, in spite of all the fussing he was doing, I was acting in his best interest. Had I not grabbed him, he'd have been splattered dead in about three-quarters of a second.
And that, it seems, is the way of things. You'd think by now the world would realize that I know what's best, and just get the hell out of my way and let me do what I'm doing, instead of putting up a fuss all the time. :)