An Unusual Fascination
As a child, Jeanna Smith always had a fascination and love for turtles. While other children her age wanted to play with soft, cuddly creatures like puppies, cats, and bunnies, Jeanna only wanted to play with the turtles that she found in the wild during the summertime.
“I just really loved turtles,” Jeanna, who grew up in the suburbs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin said about her favorite animal. “Every summer I would find a painted turtle and keep them for the summer and then in the fall I would have to release them…”