Rock ramps at North Texas park help turtles exit the water

In this photo taken Thursday, April 14, 2016, turtles climb out of the water at the refurbished Boys Ranch Lake in Bedford, Texas. The city built special ramps so that the turtles and ducks can get out of the water. (Max Faulkner/Star-Telegram via AP)

EDFORD, Texas (AP) — Some turtles having a tough time crawling out of an updated North Texas pond can now use special exit ramps.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Thursday that the small lake at Boys Ranch Park in Bedford was lined with concrete and has steeper embankments. The reptiles were having a tough time getting in and out of the water.

City workers have installed three exit ramps made of rocks to make navigation easier for the turtles and other animals, including ducks.

City spokeswoman Natalie Foster says the plan originally called for one ramp for turtles, then workers realized that wasn’t enough.

The small turtle ramps measure about 5 feet long and 2 feet wide.

In this photo taken Thursday, April 14, 2016, turtles climb out of the water at the refurbished Boys Ranch Lake in Bedford, Texas. The city built special ramps so that the turtles and ducks can get out of the water. (Max Faulkner/Star-Telegram via AP) MAGS OUT; (FORT WORTH WEEKLY, 360 WEST); INTERNET OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
In this photo taken Thursday, April 14, 2016, turtles climb out of the water at the refurbished Boys Ranch Lake in Bedford, Texas. The city built special ramps so that the turtles and ducks can get out of the water. (Max Faulkner/Star-Telegram via AP)

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