This is Tuttle the turtle. In the fall of 2015, Tuttle, a common snapping turtle, was found near the home of Paul and Diane Tuttle, who live in Illinois. She'd been stabbed through the shell with a screwdriver! Tuttle, who's estimated to be about 70-years-old, was stabbed in the head, during the attack. 

Paul and Diane decided to help the unfortunate Tuttle. The poor turtle was so happy to get help that she never even tried to snap at the couple. They took Tuttle to All Pets Vet Clinic for treatment for her injuries.

While there, doctors discovered that Tuttle had a skull fracture and was blind in one of her eyes because of the vicious attack.

Take a look at the video below to see how Tuttle looked when Paul and Diane found her:

Douglas Holmes, a herpetologist from the Peoria Zoo, took over Tuttle's care. Her road to recovery would be a long one, but Holmes was there with her every step of the way. We're thrilled to let you know that Tuttle has since made a remarkable recovery and is well enough to be returned to the wild! 

Now, nine months after the vicious stabbing, Tuttle was back in the wild living her life! She was taken, by Holmes, to a secluded location and released. In an interview with the Journal Star, Holmes stated that all animals deserve a chance and that it felt good to see an animal go free.

The real tragedy here is that the monster who hurt poor Tuttle will probably never be found and brought to justice. Please, be kind to all animals and teach your children to be kind and compassionate to all animals.

We've lost too many species here on earth and every day, creatures such as bees and frogs come one step closer to disappearing forever! 

We human beings, the custodians of this earth, need to do a better job of taking care of the environment and all of the creatures in it, no matter what species they are! If you agree, please make sure to 'SHARE' this turtle's story with family and friends on Facebook!