Turtle duct-taped to cluster of balloons rescued in California
by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Animals.
Photo: ABC News

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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About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.pfister2 Laura Pfister

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

    • Lyles

      You are right, it is a russian tortoise.