One of the most noticeable perks of working at the York corporate headquarters is the beauty of the location itself. Visitors and employees often marvel at the great care and thought put into the planning, building and visual presentation of our offices and facilities. Incorporating colorful gardens and tasteful landscaping, the entire campus seems to fit seamlessly within the natural backdrop of the area.
Right next to the offices is a quiet, open wetland area teeming with native creatures of all sorts. Employees on the second floor get an exceptional view of the comings and goings of Canadian geese, ducks, muskrats and small birds of all types. The one resident who seems to get the most attention is a very large snapping turtle. He/she is often seen basking in the sun’s rays in the middle of the pond or plowing its way through the forest of cattails that line the edge of the property.
Yesterday, for reasons unknown, Mr./Ms. Snapping Turtle decided to take a stroll and head out toward an adjacent grassy area across the street. Despite the cars coming into or leaving our driveway, the turtle was determined to get to its destination and a few drivers even paused to let the wayward reptile cross in relative safety.
Luckily, some quick thinking members of our Merchandise team saw the events unfolding and “escorted” the turtle from a safe distance and made sure that he/she made it to the other side safely and was out of harm’s way.