Rare animal returns to Ellicott Creek Park after 30 years

Here in Western New York we have many amazing parks that people love to spend their time in during the warm months.

The most popular is Delaware Park in the city of Buffalo, but another popular park is Ellicott Creek Park in Tonawanda.

Elicott Creek Park is near the edge of Amherst and Niagara Falls Blvd. It can be a busy park at times, as there is so much to do there. From playgrounds to gazebo rentals, basketball and tennis nets.

The views over Ellicott Creek are also a popular attraction and the number of animals you can see there, such as turtles.

This week, news arrived of the return of a unique type of turtle to the park after 30 years.

According to the Erie County Parks social media pages, an Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle was spotted by one of their park rangers this week.

The turtle has not been seen in the park since at least 1990 and it could be even older than that.

The spotting was also close to the end of the turtle’s breeding season, so there is hope that there are baby Eastern Spiny Softshells in the park and more will appear l ‘next year.

The fact that this species of turtle has not been seen in over 30 years and has reappeared is so cool. He’s such an amazing turtle, almost looking like a breed of dinosaur.

Have you seen this turtle anywhere near Ellicott Creek Park?

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