The common snapping turtle was discovered last fall laboring along outside the Illinois home of Paul and Diane Tuttle, for whom she was named. It was immediately clear that she'd been the victim of a sickening attempt on her life; the would-be murder weapon - a screwdriver - was still protruding from her back. A closer look revealed that Tuttle had also been stabbed in the head.
Despite those gruesome injuries inflicted upon her by some heartless person, the tough old turtle still refused to give up. Amazingly, she even seemed to understand when the Tuttle family came to help.
"It never snapped at us," Paul told the Journal Star last September. "It was calm."