We set up a small habitat for Turtle-ee and observed him for several hours.
The girls became very attached to Turtle-ee even though we made it very clear that Turtle-ee would be returned to the lake...eventually.
Evidently, Turtle-ee really wanted to be ours because he was still in our swimming area the morning after his release. We spent another day observing him in his small habitat before putting the habitat under the pontoon where he escaped to freedom. Luckily, the girls were happy that Turtle-ee had returned to his family and were not upset about his departure.