"A bear never picks up a bunny just to pet it" S.W.
This finally sunk in as I picked up a painted turtle on our walk today. I just wanted to show the kids how beautiful he was, but he screamed and snapped and basically went crazy. I calmly told him that I just wanted to look at him and then gently put him back down in the grass. He quickly scuttled off (I thought turtles were slow). I really would never hurt him, but he was afraid for his life. Poor guy. He really was beautiful though...and heavy.