Snapping Turtle Given 'Police Escort' Off Roadway

A large snapping turtle that was having some trouble crossing a rural Illinois road was given a “police escort” for the last leg of his journey, the Joliet Police Department said.

Bodycam footage dated May 18 shows an officer risking a nasty nip as he lifts the animal clear of the road.

Snapping rurtles are found statewide in Illinois and are extremely aggressive out of water, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Credit: Joliet Police Department via Storyful

Video transcript

Go back the other way.

Come on.

Um, you're fine.

Go back the other way on.

Yeah, you're fine.

Go back the other way.

Come on.

Um, you're fine.