Four- year-old Paul Franklin took an unusual souvenir from his family vacation at the beach. Earlier today, the New York Daily News reported that the boy harbored a baby sea snail within his injured knee for three weeks before it was popped out from under his skin. Like any rational 4-year-old, he thought that was pretty darn cool and decided to keep the snail as a pet.
The boy's mother, Rachael Franklin, said her son fell, scraping his knee on some rocks in Spooner's Cove. The minor wound didn't concern the parents initially, but as time went on, the scab refused to heal. Eventually, after a doctor's visit and a round of antibiotics, Rachael noticed what she thought was black puss inside her son's injured knee.
“I know the doctors didn't want to drain it, but that sucker needed draining!” she told Daily Mail. Her squeezing removed the snail, which she said, “looked like a rock — it was a black thing and I put it on paper towel and it had whirls and I turned it over and it was a sea snail, and I just like had to laugh.”
The boy's father, Ken, believes the rocks his son fell on were home to a nest of snail's eggs. Rachael is seeking a marine biologist to explain how the creature survived within her son's body. Paul named the tiny snail Turbo. Turbo currently shares a bowl with a beta fish named Dory.