Gypsy was the name my brother gave a pet turtle he had. I always thought it was so peculiar.
Our cat is kind dove shellfish, and thinks the world is hers, She finds a comfy spot and then we pet turtle sheep purrs.
If I was good each week, my father would take me to a different pet store each Saturday. I had a snake, horny toads, turtles, lizards, rabbits, guinea pigs... I kept my alligator in the bathtub until it got too big.
If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans.
And the turtles, of course...all the turtles are free, as turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.