A North Carolina based non-profit group, Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, urged people to give their used and worn out bras. This is not a joke!
The fact that most women don't wear a bra which is perfect for their size will now come in handy to save a turtle's life! As ridiculous as it may sound, it is true. An animal rescue group, situated in the outskirts of Charlotte, North Carolina created an online stir after they posted the most bizarre request of providing them with your old and discarded bras on Facebook. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue wrote: To all our bra wearing friends! When you discard one you no longer want please remove the eye closures from the fasteners for us! We use them to mend our turtle shells!
Of course, the garment itself is of no use to them, but the clasps that fasten the brassiere around your chest was their main requirement. And this weird request has a serious motivation behind it. The rescue group wanted to weld the turtle's broken shells back together using these clasps. Director Jennifer Gordon reportedly explained how this method of repair was similar to using a cast for broken bones. Elaborating further Keevan Freitas from the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue noted how the team glues the shells shut and holds them together using a wire which is then fastened to the bra clasp to keep the whole thing together.
"It acts like a little fixator, it’s the eyelets that we need," said Freitas, and added that they "basically wire the shell together." Once the shell is completely repaired, the glue wears out with time making the bra clasps easier to be removed. "You can recycle something that would go into a landfill," shared Freitas, "And I mean, they’re helping a turtle. Who wouldn’t want to help a turtle?" The nonprofit organization also shared how they stumbled across this idea after an independent, Iowa-based group posted something similar on their website. Wildthunder Wildlife & Animal Rehabilitation posted a procedure to help restore turtles cracked shell using zip ties and bra clasp.
So while looking for means to fix the poor creature's outer layer, "bras just came up," said Gordon. Speaking to CNN on this matter, Gordon further added that this particular item had been on the non-profit's wish list for months, however, they did not find any donations for the same. Providing a little more insight into their work, she explains how they oversee all sorts of animals ranging from pigs to possums. But turtles are their most frequent patients. Providing an average they mentioned how they treat at least three to forty turtles every week, according to the season.
According to a report by CNN, a steep increase in turtle injuries is observed during spring when the creatures make their way from the water bodies to the shorelines to lay their eggs. This natural season occurrence makes them quite susceptible to one of the most dangerous predators- cars. The turtles that Gordon's organization treats usually get hurt while crossing the road, however, there are others who get bitten by a dog or run over by a lawnmower and boats. "80 percent of them are hit by cars," said Freitas. During the rainy season, these creatures are forced to leave their flooded homes, which in turn increases the risk of harm.
The rescue team treats a varied range of turtles. They could be as big as a 14-inch snapping turtle or as small as an eastern box turtle which is the size of a silver dollar. The patients spend at least three to eight weeks in these rehabilitation centers and once their shells are fixed, they are let out in the wild without any bra clasps on their back. After receiving an overwhelming amount of response from the Facebook users the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue took to Facebook once again on Friday to list a few other items they are in desperate need of. They wrote: We have had an overwhelming response to our turtle posting!! Several people had asked for a turtle wish list. Here are a few items we need for turtle repair. This list included items like fish tank filters, earthworms, and romance lettuce.
Here's what people thought of this weirdly brilliant idea:
To all bra wearing friends lol— Elisa (@Tigerlilybeauty) June 28, 2019
They're all yours!!!😂😂😂👏👏👏👏— Denise (@luvthebeachdd) June 28, 2019
Their “cup” will overfloweth as soon as people see this request!!😂— Donna Mary Mason (@donnamarymason) June 28, 2019
If the rescue team is only after the clasp in the bra, aren't the hooks in the hook-and-eyes all the better?— Odette Bas (@totebeads) July 2, 2019
Not to get cynical, but it is probably more effective to spend $6 bucks and buy a pack of 100 such fasters from your local sewing store/Amazon rather than have people spend $5 to mail a used bra with 2-4 hooks only. (Or even to spend a stamp to mail the used fasteners only).— LittlE Girl D. Turtle (@LittlEGirlDTur1) July 1, 2019
That’s a good point! I just enjoyed the “reuse” aspect of this campaign!— WildlifeEpiLab at IL (@WildlifeEpiLab) July 1, 2019