Man saves turtle from flooded pond, sparking debate in viral video

A TikTok showing a man rescuing a turtle stuck in a pond has gone viral on the platform, quickly racking up over 24.4 million views. Despite the happy ending, viewers throughts.

In the video, a snapping turtle is seen in an overflow. These drains prevent ponds from flooding in the event of a sudden rise in water, such as during a flood. B. a rainstorm, overflow. @zebadiah528 later confirmed that severe storms caused this overflow, saying in the comments to a follow-up video that it was “not a normal occurrence”.

Throughout the video @zebadiah528 makes several attempts to free the turtle from the drain and finally succeeds.

“Poor little guy,” writes @zebadiah528 in the text overlaid on the video.

@zebadiah528 just enter save turtles here…. The fun never ends!! I’m so glad my daughter and I decided to take a walk around our flooded pond. He was stuck for over 2 hours before we found him! #pondlife ♬ original sound – user9032776368409

In the caption, @zebadiah528 provided more details about the story.

“Just [out] save turtles here…. The fun never ends!!” he writes. “I am so [glad] My daughter and I decided to take a walk around our flooded pond. He was stuck for over 2 hours before we found him!”

Viewers were quick to compliment @zebadiah528 on his performance – many also applauded his 8-year-old daughter’s audible excitement in the video.

“Love that little girl!” wrote one user. “You can tell she’s a kind soul who cares about animals.”

“You did a great job and so does your daughter!” shared another in his follow-up video. “I’d be so scared if I were her.”

“I was literally on the edge of my seat watching this,” said a third. “So happy this cutie is doing well!”

However, soon TikTokers started criticizing @zebadiah528.

“Just shut the damn valve,” wrote one user, referring to the wheel that appears next to the drain.

But as @zebadiah528 explains in his follow-up, it wouldn’t have the intended effect.

“These valves open a drain pipe… down the middle,” he explains. “So opening that valve would do nothing to save the turtle.”

That statement didn’t stop criticism from TikTokers.

@zebadiah528 Hopefully this will help people who commented on my last video understand. #pondlife ♬ original sound – user9032776368409

“Put a grate over the drain,” shared one commenter.

“You could lay it over it like chicken wire,” advised another.

However, as @zebadiah528 notes in comments, this would defeat the purpose of the overflow flow.

“Chicken wire would catch dirt and clog extremely quickly, preventing the overflow from doing its job,” he wrote. He later added: “Most overflows don’t use screens. They would be crammed with debris and prevented from doing their jobs.”

He also explained that pond overflow is rarely a problem.

“This was after a 4 inch rainstorm and the water was unusually high,” wrote @zebadiah528. “Normally that would never be an issue and that drain would be about 6 inches above the water.”

Still, some thought he was meant to add some sort of cover to the pipe.

“The overflow should have a vented standpipe with the top below the ‘critical height’ of the tank,” explained one commenter.

Statements like these prompted some TikTokers to joke about how overly critical comment sections can be.

“He saved the turtle. Why is everyone so mad? The pond had overflowed and drained,” commented one user.

“Man: Saving turtle lives in a stressful situation… TikTok: Here’s what you did wrong,” agreed a second.

We reached out to @zebadiah528 for comment via TikTok comment.

*Initial publication: May 9, 2022 at 9:26 am CDT

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