NEWS OF THE WEIRD

Taking Out Turtles

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Even though human hearts open warmly to helpless animals, kindness isn't universal. As Clemson University animal conservation student Nathan Weaver found with a quick experiment late last year, some drivers deliberately swerve into a turtle trying to cross a busy road — seven drivers, he found, in one hour (though most drivers easily avoided the realistic rubber model). In the 1979 movie "The Great Santini," an overbearing fighter-pilot-husband who squishes turtles while driving late at night tells his wife, "It's my only sport when I'm traveling, my only hobby."

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