Rock ramps at a Texas park help turtles exit the water

BEDFORD, Texas (AP) — Some turtles having a tough time crawling out of an updated North Texas pond can now use special exit ramps.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1qM5G2q ) reported Thursday that the small lake at Boys Ranch Park in Bedford was lined with concrete and has steeper embankments. The reptiles were having a tough time getting in and out of the water.

City workers have installed three exit ramps made of rocks to make navigation easier for the turtles and other animals, including ducks.

City spokeswoman Natalie Foster says the plan originally called for one ramp for turtles, then workers realized that wasn’t enough.

The small turtle ramps measure about 5 feet long and 2 feet wide.

Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com

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