turtlelover64 Posted January 26, 2018 Share Posted January 26, 2018 Padre Island, Texas Ranger Ridley, a 13 year-old Cairn terrier who for most of his life scurried up and down the 90 mile strand of Padre Island National Seashore in Texas, helping his owner, Dr. Donna Shaver find Kemp's ridley sea turtles nests where the onshore winds had blown away the animals tracks, has passed away. The dog, who became famous in more than five national magazine articles, including the Cairn Terrier newsletter, two books, several newspaper articles, and at least one motion picture, had been fighting cancer for more than a year, and more recently suffered a stroke. Doctor Shaver, Director of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery at the National Park Services' Padre Island National Seashore says of Ridley "People loved to hear his story. It brought people into this (project) brought volunteers that we might not have had without him. It was fun and we enjoyed sharing his story." Padre Island Seashore is the main nesting beach in the U S for the high endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle, which was decimated by the B P oil spill and fire five years ago. This turtle often nests when winds are blowing inland from the Gulf of Mexico, and as it is the smallest of the sea turtle species, sometimes the people patrolling the beach will see a turtle returning to the water in the far distance, but upon closer inspection, the wind has blown away all traces of the tracks or crawl. That is where Ranger ridley comes in, with his active nose. Dr. Shaver trained him as a puppy to find the nests and dig down a few inches to confirm the presence of eggs and then watch as the humans excavated the nest and took the eggs away to the hatchery building for protection. Ranger Ridley had his own Facebook page with thousands of followers and Dr. Shaver posted the following after his death on January 20th: Good-bye sweet Ridley Ranger. Kemp's ridley turtles have never had a better doggie friend. Our heart is broken and we will miss Ridley more than words can say. Andrew Guthrie, Reston, Virginia, retired NBC News correspondent and Ranger Ridley's "uncle." 1 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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