They met Murtle when the turtle was in a predicament.
"Well, I'm a fisherman, actually I was looking for a lure, when I seen the line. You know, it was another living being that needed help. She wasn't going to make it unless somebody didn't jump in and help her," Groves said.
Murtle was caught in a net with a fishing hook in her mouth. At the vets Groves and Haney learned that was the least of her problems.
"He saw three hooks down in here, with pneumonia, so nobody knew how long she was actually tangled in the fish line, just barely able to go to the surface and go back down," Haney said.
For a week, Murtle was landlocked, recovering at the vet's office in Aurora, but eager to come home.
"Murtle, are you excited? You're going to be going home," Haney said on Wednesday as the couple drove her back to the pond where they found her, carrying her inside a blue plastic carrier.
Once at the pond, Murtle did not take much time for a long goodbye. She was quick to move on and swim out into the pond.
"Bye Murtle," Haney said. "We're going to miss you."
It was a happy ending for Groves and Haney, and Murtle.
"That was awesome. That was one of the better feelings I've had in a long time, watching Murtle swim off into the lake," Groves said. "She's hit the deep water and she's on her way."
"She's forgotten about us, that's for sure," Haney said.
"I don't think she's forgot about us quite yet," Groves said.
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