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Turtle duct-taped to cluster of balloons rescued in CaliforniaTurtle duct-taped to cluster of balloons rescued in California

WATCH: Turtle Duct-Taped to Balloons Rescued in California

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Here’s some odd and cruel news for the day. It’s not uncommon when a cat is rescued from a tree, but how about a turtle?

Residents in Oceanside, California are disgusted after finding a box turtle (seen above) duct-taped to several helium-filled balloons.

One community member, Chanelle Wright, stumbled upon the turtle taped to the balloons and immediately called the Oceanside Humane Society.

“We look up and there are green and blue balloons up there,” Wright told 10News in San Diego. “He was just swinging his arms trying to get out of it. Somebody had taped him to the balloons.”

It took about an hour for help to show, and when the fire department finally arrived they pulled out a ladder, but soon enough a big gust of wind blew the turtle to the ground and to safety.

“It’s animal abuse. If you didn’t want the turtle, give it away, take it to a pet store,” Wright said.

The ridiculous and unkind act happened last Sunday afternoon. The Humane Society has launched an investigation into whoever is responsible and is currently taking care of the turtle.

Wright is willing to take the turtle into her home. She said, “I am going to call to see if the turtle’s there … I’m going to get my turtle.”

Those responsible may face animal abuse charges.

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  • L

    That’s not a Box Turtle. It’s a Russian Tortoise- Testudo horsfieldii.
    I raise and breed tortoises. They are much more intelligent and social than people realize. I a familiar with that poor animal’s expression; it is terrified and traumatized. Not funny at all.

  • guest

    This is cruelty plain and simple..poor turtle, I am so glad it was rescued safely. Hopefully they will find the persons responsible for this.

    I always stop and pick up box turtles in the road and move them in the direction they were traveling.

  • that is not a box turtle. It looks like a russian tortoise

    • Lyles

      You are right, it is a russian tortoise.

  • Michelle Freel

    Have to admit I was a little more understanding & even tho I adore animals, the human part of me before thinking might have even giggled a TINY bit since the poor guy was o.k. when I thought it was kids that did it on a boring Sunday afternoon..At the end of the video they said a witness saw ADULTS holding the balloons w/what appeared to be a toy turtle at the end..thats when my view on the whole thing completely changed!!

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