Your Old Bras Can Give New Life to Turtles

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Turtles are tough little guys with their hard shells, but those shells are vulnerable to people, dogs, lawn mowers and cars. Turtles are especially susceptible to injury when they’re moving to their breeding areas. Fortunately, rescues are there to help these broken turtles heal, and one of those is Carolina Waterfowl Rescue.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue is a nonprofit rescue in Charlotte, NC. They rescue more than 1000 birds per year along with their other wildlife friends. When it comes to helping their turtles heal, they, like many rescues, get creative.

Very creative.

They use hook and eye closures, like the ones on bras, to wire cracked shells back together so they can heal. Here’s an example of one of their patients:


The rescue posted about their need for hook and eye fasteners on Facebook, and the post went viral – even getting covered on CNN and other news sites.

Carolina Waterfowl Rescue has been overwhelmed by all the donations received, and they are asking people to donate in other ways rather than sending in their old bras.

You can send a donation through Paypal or send a gift through their Amazon wishlist.

The rescue is also in the process of compiling a list of other rescues that rehabilitate turtles, if you had your heart set on getting rid of an old bra. You may want to look for an animal rescue closer to home, for example. Just be sure to check with them to make sure your donation is helpful; these organizations may need other items to better help our reptile friends.

The ingenuity of animal rescues never ceases to amaze me. Thank goodness they’re out there to help turtles and other creatures live the healthy lives they deserve.