Under the care of conservation officials, Peanut has served as a living symbol of the dangers of littering. As mascot for Missouri's statewide No More Trash campaign, the oddly shaped turtle has been instrumental in raising awareness of how a single piece of trash can irrevocably impact wildlife - and that important message has caught on.
"I see her image all over the internet," said Wilkinson. "She is used in litter campaigns throughout the world."
Sadly, because of her condition, Peanut will never be able live a normal life in the wild, though through her role as educator, she's helped keep countless other animals out of harm's way.
"She's doing really well. I would describe her as a feisty turtle," Wilkinson said. "[But] I feel like even when she dies, we'll always have her as a way of teaching people about the effect litter can have on wildlife."