You know when you’re playing Mario Kart and happily whipping a turtle shell at an opponent with the careless drop of a waterfall? Have you ever wondered what reality would be like, especially if that shell contained a live turtle? I guess not, because, damn it, why would you submit to that? Well, now you don’t have to imagine, because it really happened, in Georgia.
The turtle crash happened on May 12 while Latonya Lark was driving on the highway near Savannah, Georgia, with her brother. The turtle, which is presumed to have been struck by another vehicle and thrown into the air, was unlucky enough to find itself about four feet in the air in the same area of air that Lark’s windshield occupied in same time, resulting in this:
It’s a real testament to the toughness of turtle shells, because the windshield glass is really tough, and that shell went right through it. — at least halfway — with minimal damage.
As noted by Lark, the turtle was unsteady, but also appeared to have held up a little worse despite the shell remaining intact, losing a leg in the impact.
The injured turtle was taken to a wildlife sanctuary, according to Lark, although unfortunately it appears the turtle died four or five days later due to blood loss.
Mario Kart feels like harmless fun, but let’s face it: getting a turtle thrown at you while driving at high speed is no picnic.
Incredibly, this doesn’t even appear to be the first time this has actually happened. So, I guess with that in mind, everyone should take the time to practice their turtle dodging skills in Mario Kart before embarking on any major journeys.
Oh, and if you’re in first place, be very careful. These things have spikes.
This story was originally published on May 26, 2020