Turtle Rescue News for September 06 2017

Police Officer Battles Mutant Ninja Snapping Turtle Rescue

A Westmoreland Police officer Has fun in rescuing a snapping turtle after heavy rain to return to the lake. Originally from the city this officer Has never …

Chinese police use inflatable turtle to rescue 13 people trapped by flood

The residents of a small community in central China owe their lives – or at least their dry clothes – to a group of quick-witted police officers and a giant inflatable turtle. After heavy rains lashed a low-lying neighbourhood in the city of Liuyang, Hunan province, 13 people found themselves trapped in their homes on Sunday. Five policemen rescue Chinese jaywalker stuck in barrier in middle of the road. The speed at which the waters rose created a potentially life-threatening situation, and police in Changsha, the Hunan capital, which administers Liuyang, knew they had to act fast and get the residents to safety. “It was an emergency,” read a statement on their Weibo microblog. “There weren’t any boats available, so we had to improvise,” it said. They found the answer in a local toy shop, in the form of a bright green inflatable turtle. Race across Hong Kong waters in inflatables 2x faster than speedboats and reach parts of city most people don’t see. While the rescue vessel was far from conventional, it was more than fit for purpose, and just two hours after it floated into service all 13 trapped residents, including several elderly people and children, had been evacuated. “Sorry for our vessel being … too cute,” police said. “But, most importantly, the people are all safe.” The story was an instant hit on social media, with many people posting messages of praise for the officers involved. Other said the images of the people being rescued put them in mind of the passage from the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, in which the central character and his disciples are carried across a river on the back of a turtle.
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Centre d’Etudes de Protection ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ d’Elevage des Chéloniens ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Turtles & Tortoises Rescue & Rehabilitation Center

Experts say the province’s turtle population has suffered for many years but concerns have resurfaced since a recent state of emergency was declared for Ontario turtles. “In Ontario, seven out of the eight species are listed as species at risk,” said turtle surgeon, Sue Carstairs, the executive and medical director at the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre in Peterborough. For the past 10 years, with the OTCC, she has helped rehabilitate injured turtles and operated on turtle shells that have been crushed by cars. The OTCC declared the state of emergency in May. “The centre has seen 650 turtles this season, double what we have seen previously and that’s probably only a fraction of the ones that are out there that aren’t found, or go unrecognized – we are just bursting at the seams,” said Carstairs. “In any environment you need biodiversity in order for it to be healthy and turtles are a huge part of that,” said Carstairs. According to Carstairs, 90 per cent of turtle deaths occur on roadways. “Their populations are in huge trouble – the problem with turtles is their life is such that you can’t afford to lose any adults because the population only remains healthy if the adult population ages for a long time and has low mortality,” said Carstairs. A new initiative explained by Carstairs outlines a future solution to the rate of turtle mortality by constructing eco passages. “The solution involves culverts running under the roads where low-lying fences lead turtles to the culvert, reducing the mortality rate.” Mollie Sitwell of Prince Edward County is an avid turtle-saver who has rescued 10 turtles this season from roadways. “Turtles are beautiful creatures – they’re just trying to get across the road to lay their eggs,” said Sitwell. Carstairs encourages people to save turtles if they can. Human safety is paramount on roadways, but if they have the opportunity to pull their vehicle over, put the four-way flashers on and help a turtle across the road in the direction they are headed to save them, they should. If a person finds an injured turtle in Ontario they are encouraged to call the OTCC hotline at, 705-741-5000.
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KNOWN EFFECTS on Instagram: “Meet Tara….She’s a Turtle who had been rescued by Australian Seabird Rescue after being found to have eaten plastic. Today she was”

KnowneffectsMeet Tara….She’s a Turtle who had been rescued by Australian Seabird Rescue after being found to have eaten plastic. The Australian Seabird Rescue and all their volunteers do an amazing job rescuing and rehabilitating our wildlife but wouldn’t it be even better if they didn’t have to rescue animals because they had consumed or became entangled in human rubbish?
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Turtle Rescue League – The Last Green Valley

Do you want to learn more about turtles and how you can help them? The Turtle Rescue League can help with that! Maybe you’ve seen them around helping a turtle on …
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India Turtle on Instagram: “Sleeping some more to prepare …

13 Likes, 1 Comments – India Turtle (@indiaturtle) on Instagram: “Sleeping some more to prepare for dinner. Then probably more sleep. #toocute #dewey #catnap…”
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