As regular CFZ afficianados will be aware, Gladys and Cuthbert are two large turtles that were donated to us by Darren Naish's boss back in the days when Darren was still a PhD student.
Gladys is a red eared slider - the common terrapin of the pet trade that since the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze of nearly 20 years ago, has become a relatively common sight in British waterways. The film and spinoffs were unaccountably popular with the younger generation (who are now in their mid-30s) and many of these nice little reptiles were purchased as pets, and then released into the wild when they got too big.
Cuthbert, however, is another matter. He is a completely unknown species of emydid, and as far as we are aware he is the only one in captivity.
Now they have a swish new pond. We saw the bath at the recycling centre weeks ago but couldn't find a way to get it back to the ranch, until someone pointed out that Dave B-P my dear nephew is not only learning to drive, but has a van in which to do it.
All we had to do was to provide a qualified driver to ride shotgun, and the rest was history!