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Yes - years ago I bought a baby wood turtle from theturtlesource.com and raised him in a small garden pond on the side of my house and three years later moved him to a larger natural pond in the back of the house for the winter where he hibernated. In spring I couldn't find him in the big pond and he couldn't get to the old pond because it had a barrier on the side his new pond was on so he couldn't even see it as he was 15fee lower in elevation. The only way for him to get back to his old pond was to walk 100 feet east. 70 feet south (around my house) and then 100 feet west (to the other side of the house) where there are steps leading down to the pond where he grew up. Later in the spring I found him in front of those steps heading for his old pond. There is no way he would have known to take that route - it appears he just figured it out. They grow fast too, for turtles.