Massive 53-pound snapping turtle rescued from a drain pipe

Image:  Houston SPCA Wildlife Center of Texas

A massive 53-pound snapping turtle was rescued from a drainpipe in Texas after it became stuck.

A man was exploring a new development in Hockey, Texas, when he discovered the stuck turtle and phoned the Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas, ABC 13 reports.

The SPCA arrived on the scene and identified the turtle as a threatened alligator snapping turtle. They then called the Rosehill Fire department to help with the rescue because the pipe was too thick to open without heavy machinery.

Image: Houston SPCA Wildlife Center of Texas

The fire department arrived and used the jaws of life to spread the pipe so that the turtle could be removed. Unfortunately, after the turtle was removed several other alligator snapping turtles and other animals were found stuck in the pipe.

The massive turtle blocking the pipe was still alive and was taken to the Wildlife Center of Texas to receive medical attention.

BONUS: This 800-pound alligator wandered into shopping center

Source: http://mashable.com/

Watching This Turtle Eat A Pigeon Is Both Fascinating And Terrifying

Since the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV show began airing back in 1987, the world has mostly come to view turtles and tortoises as friends. However, this is far from the truth. While they can sometimes be harmless, they can also be extremely vicious and violent.

For proof of these claims, look no further than the video below. It shows a tortoise casually swimming up to a flock of pigeons, grabbing one, and drowning it in front of its friends.

This is totally brutal.

Living in a major U.S. city, I’m not the biggest fan of pigeons, but I do genuinely feel bad for this one. He never saw it coming.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

He Bought Some Turtles From A Market And Released Them Back Into The Wild

It’s amazing the things you can buy at foreign food markets. In Papua New Guinea, for instance, a man recently went to the market and found them selling giant sea turtles for a feast. They were still alive and crawling around!

Arron Culling decided to take action. He bought the two turtles, and instead of eating them that night, he did something amazing with them.

These are the turtles that were on sale at the food market.

He paid $50 for them, “drove 5km up the road and let them go,” according to his Facebook post.

This isn’t even the first time Culling has saved turtles! According to his Facebook, he’s already rescued about ten turtles.

There are only a few species of sea turtles and most of them are endangered.

(via Bored Panda)

What Culling is doing is so important if we want to keep these amazing creatures around. If a species is endangered, we should try to protect them as much as possible and get their numbers back up.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

Good guy dad used putty to save this turtle’s life

A turtle’s shell is essential to their protection. A damaged shell makes the creature vulnerable, and can even sometimes be fatal.

Luckily, there are heroes that care about the wellbeing of our scaly friends, like this Reddit user’s father.

On Monday, Daniel Hollenback who goes by the username Sublimebro uploaded photos to Reddit of a turtle whose injuries were healed thanks to his father’s efforts. The tiny turtle came back a year later looking better than ever.

Adorably, the Reddit user’s father presumably the above mentioned Ken marked a “Ken’s Body Shop” on the putty patch.

Although Ken’s writing didn’t survive, the turtle thankfully did, and people made car repair jokes about it.

Most importantly, Hollenback’s father handled the situation just like an animal lover should.

This dad apparently has a history of performing heroic animal deeds. Hollenback uploaded a video of his father playing with a raccoon that they rescued from their attic with the intention to relocate.

Faith in humanity and animals has been restored.

WATCH: Korean families separated for more than 60 years are reunited

Source: http://mashable.com/

Every Year, Turtles Get Stuck In These Railroad Tracks — This Is The Cute Solution

When a bunch of turtles were found riding the rails near the Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe, Japan, something had to be done. Because of the park’s proximity to the ocean, these cute critters often end up climbing over one of the train tracks, becoming stuck between the two.

With nowhere to go though, they previously had to walk along the track where either they were run over by a train, or ended up destroying railway switches. At least that was until the West Japan Railway Company came up with a solution that has the Internet abuzz.

Because the turtles could hurt themselves, the train, or the switches, all causing major delays, the railway company worked hard with marine experts to determine a viable and cost-effective solution.

Their eventual idea? Create escape ditches for turtles all throughout the region.

And the results have been phenomenal. In just a few months, the passageways have saved the lives of at least ten turtles, not to mention the monetary benefits associated with trains arriving on time.

One thing’s for sure: this is definitely a better long-term fix compared to getting seeing-eye dogs for all the turtles…

Thanks to the ingenuity of a few, everyone in this situation comes out a winner.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

This Rescue Of A Sea Turtle Caught In A Fishing Net Will Have You Cheering

Life is full of surprises. You never know when a moment might arise where you’re called upon to do something heroic.

It’s these moments of true spontaneity that show others who we really are.

For the three men in the video below, one such moment presented itself when they were sitting by a beach restaurant and spotted something moving by the shoreline. What they found was a massive leatherback sea turtle struggling to untangle itself from a fishing net.

After some incredible teamwork — and some hissing from the nervous turtle — the three heroes with hearts of gold were able to set the majestic sea creature free.

What a beautiful moment when the turtle swims back out to sea. It must have felt so relieved when it took that dive.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

Shell shock as sacred Vietnamese turtle dies

(CNN)An extremely rare, giant soft-shell turtle, whose existence was connected to the country’s folklore, has died in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, according to reports.

The turtle, known to locals as Cu Rua, “great-grandfather turtle” in Vietnamese, was spotted floating lifelessly in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem lake Tuesday afternoon, reports state-run news agency VNS.

    Officials say old age and bad weather are to blame for its demise, and that its shell will be preserved at the Vietnam Nature Museum.

    The turtle is believed to have been between 80 and 100 years old.

    Internet users in Vietnam have been expressing their disappointment on social media since the news broke.

    Folk legend in Vietnam has it that Le Loi, a real 15th-century Vietnamese emperor, fended off an attempted Chinese invasion with a magical sword. A mythical turtle was said to have taken that sword from him after his victory.

    The lake where this is said to have happened is named after the tale and is known as Ho Hoan Kiem, meaning “lake of the returned sword.”

    It was in this same lake that Cu Rua lived.

    One of a kind

    The soft-shell turtle is said to be one of the only four known specimens of the Yangtze giant soft-shell turtle, Rafetus swinhoei.

    Cu Rua’s demise means that only three are now left in the world, according to the VNS report — one in another lake in Hanoi and two others in Shanghai, China.

    In 2011, it was taken out of the lake and received three months of medical treatment, before it was restored to good health and returned.

    This trip also uncovered something else.

    Unlike what its name suggests, Cu Rua was a female — not a grandfather at all.

    News of the turtle’s death came at a politically sensitive time, just one day before the 12th Congress of Communist Party of Vietnam, the country’s ruling party, was due to open. This coincidence has not gone unnoticed.

    READ: Vietnam says China moved oil rig into contested waters in South China Sea

    Source: http://edition.cnn.com/

    Turtlecam Live-Streams Turtles Return To The Ocean

    A recent project by Kenyan wildlife trusts has brought together the unlikely alliances of turtles, GoPro cameras, and live-streaming apps.

    As part of the #KenyaLive project, HerdTracker and Make It Kenya live-streamed a video of a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) being returned to the sea

    The turtle was originally caught accidentally in a trawler netbelonging to fishermenfrom the town of Watamu, Kenya.On Sunday, aftera few days of rehabilitation, the turtle returnedback to the Indian Ocean with a GoPro camera attached to the top of its shell. This footage from the shell-mounted camera was then broadcasted on the Twitter-owned live video streaming app Periscope.

    The #KenyaLive initiative hopes to bring conservation into the information age, using all the latest technology and social media channels to promote interest in the issues facing Kenyan wildlife. From January 7 to18 , they produced daily live broadcasts, most of which you can view here.

    You can watch the full report of the Turtlecam on the BBC News website.

    Source: http://www.iflscience.com

    This Rescue Of A Sea Turtle Caught In A Fishing Net Will Have You Cheering

    Life is full of surprises. You never know when a moment might arise where you’re called upon to do something heroic.

    It’s these moments of true spontaneity that show others who we really are.

    For the three men in the video below, one such moment presented itself when they were sitting by a beach restaurant and spotted something moving by the shoreline. What they found was a massive leatherback sea turtle struggling to untangle itself from a fishing net.

    After some incredible teamwork — and some hissing from the nervous turtle — the three heroes with hearts of gold were able to set the majestic sea creature free.

    What a beautiful moment when the turtle swims back out to sea. It must have felt so relieved when it took that dive.

    Source: http://www.viralnova.com

    Shell shock as sacred Vietnamese turtle dies

    (CNN)An extremely rare, giant soft-shell turtle, whose existence was connected to the country’s folklore, has died in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, according to reports.

    The turtle, known to locals as Cu Rua, “great-grandfather turtle” in Vietnamese, was spotted floating lifelessly in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem lake Tuesday afternoon, reports state-run news agency VNS.

      Officials say old age and bad weather are to blame for its demise, and that its shell will be preserved at the Vietnam Nature Museum.

      The turtle is believed to have been between 80 and 100 years old.

      Internet users in Vietnam have been expressing their disappointment on social media since the news broke.

      Folk legend in Vietnam has it that Le Loi, a real 15th-century Vietnamese emperor, fended off an attempted Chinese invasion with a magical sword. A mythical turtle was said to have taken that sword from him after his victory.

      The lake where this is said to have happened is named after the tale and is known as Ho Hoan Kiem, meaning “lake of the returned sword.”

      It was in this same lake that Cu Rua lived.

      One of a kind

      The soft-shell turtle is said to be one of the only four known specimens of the Yangtze giant soft-shell turtle, Rafetus swinhoei.

      Cu Rua’s demise means that only three are now left in the world, according to the VNS report — one in another lake in Hanoi and two others in Shanghai, China.

      In 2011, it was taken out of the lake and received three months of medical treatment, before it was restored to good health and returned.

      This trip also uncovered something else.

      Unlike what its name suggests, Cu Rua was a female — not a grandfather at all.

      News of the turtle’s death came at a politically sensitive time, just one day before the 12th Congress of Communist Party of Vietnam, the country’s ruling party, was due to open. This coincidence has not gone unnoticed.

      READ: Vietnam says China moved oil rig into contested waters in South China Sea

      Source: http://edition.cnn.com/

      Massive 53-pound snapping turtle rescued from a drain pipe

      Image:  Houston SPCA Wildlife Center of Texas

      A massive 53-pound snapping turtle was rescued from a drainpipe in Texas after it became stuck.

      A man was exploring a new development in Hockey, Texas, when he discovered the stuck turtle and phoned the Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas, ABC 13 reports.

      The SPCA arrived on the scene and identified the turtle as a threatened alligator snapping turtle. They then called the Rosehill Fire department to help with the rescue because the pipe was too thick to open without heavy machinery.

      Image: Houston SPCA Wildlife Center of Texas

      The fire department arrived and used the jaws of life to spread the pipe so that the turtle could be removed. Unfortunately, after the turtle was removed several other alligator snapping turtles and other animals were found stuck in the pipe.

      The massive turtle blocking the pipe was still alive and was taken to the Wildlife Center of Texas to receive medical attention.

      BONUS: This 800-pound alligator wandered into shopping center

      Source: http://mashable.com/

      Good guy dad used putty to save this turtle’s life

      A turtle’s shell is essential to their protection. A damaged shell makes the creature vulnerable, and can even sometimes be fatal.

      Luckily, there are heroes that care about the wellbeing of our scaly friends, like this Reddit user’s father.

      On Monday, Daniel Hollenback who goes by the username Sublimebro uploaded photos to Reddit of a turtle whose injuries were healed thanks to his father’s efforts. The tiny turtle came back a year later looking better than ever.

      Adorably, the Reddit user’s father presumably the above mentioned Ken marked a “Ken’s Body Shop” on the putty patch.

      Although Ken’s writing didn’t survive, the turtle thankfully did, and people made car repair jokes about it.

      Most importantly, Hollenback’s father handled the situation just like an animal lover should.

      This dad apparently has a history of performing heroic animal deeds. Hollenback uploaded a video of his father playing with a raccoon that they rescued from their attic with the intention to relocate.

      Faith in humanity and animals has been restored.

      WATCH: Korean families separated for more than 60 years are reunited

      Source: http://mashable.com/

      Scientists use an interesting method to catch turtles in the sea

      Turtles are excellent at finding their way home.
      Image: JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY

      Turtles have an excellent sense of direction, and how they manage to find their way home time after time has long been a source of fascination for scientists.

      While it’s believed turtles use the Earth’s magnetic fields to navigate when migrating long distances, researchers think sunrises might be a factor in helping them pinpoint their final destination.

      The findings were published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology by researcher Takahiro Shimada from James Cook University in Townsville, Australia.

      To find out how the turtles found their way home, Shimada and a team caught and tagged 22 sea turtles between 2008 and 2014.

      Takahiro Shimada and a sea turtle tagged with a satellite tracker.

      Image: james cook university

      They then brought each turtle between 8 to 28 kilometres (4.9 to 17.3 miles) away from their usual home in different sites along Queensland, from Moreton Bay to Torres Strait.

      To catch and tag these sea turtles, they used the rather intense sounding “rodeo method” to get the job done.

      “On a speed boat, we usually have a skipper and a few jumpers/helpers. Once we spot a turtle, we get close to them and jump on a turtle if the turtle is not moving,” Shimada told Mashable.

      “But in most cases, turtles would notice us as we approach, so we would chase them as they swim away. We aim to drive the boat parallel to a turtle and once we get to jumping range (let’s say about a metre or so), a jumper takes a leap toward the turtle and grabs it on the carapace (shell).”

      “Once the turtle is captured, we put the turtle on the speed boat and take it back to base station to get some biological data and samples, and to deploy a satellite tag.”

      Scientists kept watch on the turtle’s travel patterns, and were struck at how the turtles changed their direction when the sunrise hit.

      “This is the first time turtles were observed to make directional correction at a particular time of the day,” Shimada explained.

      But his team however remain cautious about concluding whether the turtles do indeed use the sunrise to orientate themselves.

      “It warrants further investigation whether sunrise is the key or turtles use some other cues that occur during the time of sunrise,” he said.

      BONUS: NBD, just a massive alligator out for a stroll

      Source: http://mashable.com/

      These turtles flapping their way to freedom are your Friday spirit animals

      Meet Chompa, the olive ridley.
      Image: Charles Darwin University

      There’s nothing quite like the adorable sound of turtles flapping their way back into the sea.

      Following months of rehabilitation, a green sea turtle called Gretchen, and an olive ridley named Chompa, were released to back into the sea. Swim free, turtle friends. Swim free.

      Their glorious release happened in Dundee on Australia’s Northern Territory Thursday morning. Gretchen and Chompa had been in the care of Charles Darwin University’s turtle rehabilitation facility, as both suffered ailments that required long-term care.

      Gretchen was found by fishermen three months ago, was suffering from floating gas syndrome, according to ABC News. It meant she was left exposed to the elements and couldn’t dive down and look for food.

      “She was floating and unable to dive due to floating gas syndrome; her shell was covered in barnacles, including burrowing barnacles that had drilled into her shell and suffered from a secondary infection to her neck that caused a lump,” CDU Head of Horticulture, Scott McDonald, said in a statement.

      As for Chompa, the problems stemmed from birth. It was the smallest of nine turtles who struggled to make it out of their nest because plant roots had trapped them.

      The bale of turtles was rescued by staff and volunteers from conservation group Aus Turtle last June, then nursed to health until they could be released. Chompa is the last of the litter to be released.

      Part of Chompa’s rehabilitation process included teaching it to swim and dive, to ensure that it survives in the wild.

      As you can imagine, it’s easy to get attached to these little guys while caring for them. “Our staff form such strong bonds with turtles that, while it’s always a happy moment to see them return to the wild, it can also be hard to say goodbye,” McDonald said.

      May your days be full of algae and fun, little turtles.

      Source: http://mashable.com/

      Every Year, Turtles Get Stuck In These Railroad Tracks — This Is The Cute Solution

      When a bunch of turtles were found riding the rails near the Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe, Japan, something had to be done. Because of the park’s proximity to the ocean, these cute critters often end up climbing over one of the train tracks, becoming stuck between the two.

      With nowhere to go though, they previously had to walk along the track where either they were run over by a train, or ended up destroying railway switches. At least that was until the West Japan Railway Company came up with a solution that has the Internet abuzz.

      Because the turtles could hurt themselves, the train, or the switches, all causing major delays, the railway company worked hard with marine experts to determine a viable and cost-effective solution.

      Their eventual idea? Create escape ditches for turtles all throughout the region.

      And the results have been phenomenal. In just a few months, the passageways have saved the lives of at least ten turtles, not to mention the monetary benefits associated with trains arriving on time.

      One thing’s for sure: this is definitely a better long-term fix compared to getting seeing-eye dogs for all the turtles…

      Thanks to the ingenuity of a few, everyone in this situation comes out a winner.

      Source: http://www.viralnova.com

      He Bought Some Turtles From A Market And Released Them Back Into The Wild

      It’s amazing the things you can buy at foreign food markets. In Papua New Guinea, for instance, a man recently went to the market and found them selling giant sea turtles for a feast. They were still alive and crawling around!

      Arron Culling decided to take action. He bought the two turtles, and instead of eating them that night, he did something amazing with them.

      These are the turtles that were on sale at the food market.

      He paid $50 for them, “drove 5km up the road and let them go,” according to his Facebook post.

      This isn’t even the first time Culling has saved turtles! According to his Facebook, he’s already rescued about ten turtles.

      There are only a few species of sea turtles and most of them are endangered.

      (via Bored Panda)

      What Culling is doing is so important if we want to keep these amazing creatures around. If a species is endangered, we should try to protect them as much as possible and get their numbers back up.

      Source: http://www.viralnova.com

      Turtlecam Live-Streams Turtles Return To The Ocean

      A recent project by Kenyan wildlife trusts has brought together the unlikely alliances of turtles, GoPro cameras, and live-streaming apps.

      As part of the #KenyaLive project, HerdTracker and Make It Kenya live-streamed a video of a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) being returned to the sea

      The turtle was originally caught accidentally in a trawler netbelonging to fishermenfrom the town of Watamu, Kenya.On Sunday, aftera few days of rehabilitation, the turtle returnedback to the Indian Ocean with a GoPro camera attached to the top of its shell. This footage from the shell-mounted camera was then broadcasted on the Twitter-owned live video streaming app Periscope.

      The #KenyaLive initiative hopes to bring conservation into the information age, using all the latest technology and social media channels to promote interest in the issues facing Kenyan wildlife. From January 7 to18 , they produced daily live broadcasts, most of which you can view here.

      You can watch the full report of the Turtlecam on the BBC News website.

      Source: http://www.iflscience.com

      Scientists use an interesting method to catch turtles in the sea

      Turtles are excellent at finding their way home.
      Image: JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY

      Turtles have an excellent sense of direction, and how they manage to find their way home time after time has long been a source of fascination for scientists.

      While it’s believed turtles use the Earth’s magnetic fields to navigate when migrating long distances, researchers think sunrises might be a factor in helping them pinpoint their final destination.

      The findings were published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology by researcher Takahiro Shimada from James Cook University in Townsville, Australia.

      To find out how the turtles found their way home, Shimada and a team caught and tagged 22 sea turtles between 2008 and 2014.

      Takahiro Shimada and a sea turtle tagged with a satellite tracker.

      Image: james cook university

      They then brought each turtle between 8 to 28 kilometres (4.9 to 17.3 miles) away from their usual home in different sites along Queensland, from Moreton Bay to Torres Strait.

      To catch and tag these sea turtles, they used the rather intense sounding “rodeo method” to get the job done.

      “On a speed boat, we usually have a skipper and a few jumpers/helpers. Once we spot a turtle, we get close to them and jump on a turtle if the turtle is not moving,” Shimada told Mashable.

      “But in most cases, turtles would notice us as we approach, so we would chase them as they swim away. We aim to drive the boat parallel to a turtle and once we get to jumping range (let’s say about a metre or so), a jumper takes a leap toward the turtle and grabs it on the carapace (shell).”

      “Once the turtle is captured, we put the turtle on the speed boat and take it back to base station to get some biological data and samples, and to deploy a satellite tag.”

      Scientists kept watch on the turtle’s travel patterns, and were struck at how the turtles changed their direction when the sunrise hit.

      “This is the first time turtles were observed to make directional correction at a particular time of the day,” Shimada explained.

      But his team however remain cautious about concluding whether the turtles do indeed use the sunrise to orientate themselves.

      “It warrants further investigation whether sunrise is the key or turtles use some other cues that occur during the time of sunrise,” he said.

      BONUS: NBD, just a massive alligator out for a stroll

      Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/01/17/turtle-sunset-direction-orientation/

      When They Saw This Giant Leatherback Turtle In Distress, They Didn’t Hesitate To Help

      When Jacksonville Police Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were out enjoying the ocean on their day off, they saw something in the water that warranted investigation. As they got closer, though, they realized it was a matter of life and death…because caught in a crab trap was a nine-foot-long leatherback turtle!

      The rope was wrapped around his neck, so each time he tried to dive, it only tightened further. Seeing that if they didn’t cut the rope soon he would die, the two officers leapt into action.

      Leatherback Sea Turtle Saved From Crab Trap By JSO Officers

      Leatherback Sea Turtle Saved From Crab Trap By JSO OfficersJacksonville Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were off shore two miles out in front of Hanna Park around 1:00 p.m. today. They observed a nine foot Leatherback Sea Turtle in distress. The sea turtle had become entangled in a crab trap. The trap's rope was looped around the sea turtle's neck, and the buoy was still attached to the trap. As a result, whenever the turtle tried to dive, the rope tightened around its neck. Lt. Steve Mullen was able to disentangle the distressed turtle from the crab trap while keeping the turtle in the water.Great job Lt. Mullen and Officer Smith! Even off duty, saving lives!^MB

      Posted by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Monday, February 22, 2016

      Thanks to these two off-duty officers, another life was saved. And since that turtle isn’t capable of saying thanks, bravo, gentlemen!

      Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/leatherback-turtle/

      Massive 53-pound snapping turtle rescued from a drain pipe

      Image:  Houston SPCA Wildlife Center of Texas

      A massive 53-pound snapping turtle was rescued from a drainpipe in Texas after it became stuck.

      A man was exploring a new development in Hockey, Texas, when he discovered the stuck turtle and phoned the Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas, ABC 13 reports.

      The SPCA arrived on the scene and identified the turtle as a threatened alligator snapping turtle. They then called the Rosehill Fire department to help with the rescue because the pipe was too thick to open without heavy machinery.

      Image: Houston SPCA Wildlife Center of Texas

      The fire department arrived and used the jaws of life to spread the pipe so that the turtle could be removed. Unfortunately, after the turtle was removed several other alligator snapping turtles and other animals were found stuck in the pipe.

      The massive turtle blocking the pipe was still alive and was taken to the Wildlife Center of Texas to receive medical attention.

      BONUS: This 800-pound alligator wandered into shopping center

      Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/12/01/snapping-turtle-stuck-in-pipe/

      Every Year, Turtles Get Stuck In These Railroad Tracks — This Is The Cute Solution

      When a bunch of turtles were found riding the rails near the Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe, Japan, something had to be done. Because of the park’s proximity to the ocean, these cute critters often end up climbing over one of the train tracks, becoming stuck between the two.

      With nowhere to go though, they previously had to walk along the track where either they were run over by a train, or ended up destroying railway switches. At least that was until the West Japan Railway Company came up with a solution that has the Internet abuzz.

      Because the turtles could hurt themselves, the train, or the switches, all causing major delays, the railway company worked hard with marine experts to determine a viable and cost-effective solution.

      Their eventual idea? Create escape ditches for turtles all throughout the region.

      And the results have been phenomenal. In just a few months, the passageways have saved the lives of at least ten turtles, not to mention the monetary benefits associated with trains arriving on time.

      One thing’s for sure: this is definitely a better long-term fix compared to getting seeing-eye dogs for all the turtles…

      Thanks to the ingenuity of a few, everyone in this situation comes out a winner.

      Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/turtle-train/

      Massive 53-pound snapping turtle rescued from a drain pipe

      Image:  Houston SPCA Wildlife Center of Texas

      A massive 53-pound snapping turtle was rescued from a drainpipe in Texas after it became stuck.

      A man was exploring a new development in Hockey, Texas, when he discovered the stuck turtle and phoned the Houston SPCA’s Wildlife Center of Texas, ABC 13 reports.

      The SPCA arrived on the scene and identified the turtle as a threatened alligator snapping turtle. They then called the Rosehill Fire department to help with the rescue because the pipe was too thick to open without heavy machinery.

      Image: Houston SPCA Wildlife Center of Texas

      The fire department arrived and used the jaws of life to spread the pipe so that the turtle could be removed. Unfortunately, after the turtle was removed several other alligator snapping turtles and other animals were found stuck in the pipe.

      The massive turtle blocking the pipe was still alive and was taken to the Wildlife Center of Texas to receive medical attention.

      BONUS: This 800-pound alligator wandered into shopping center

      Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/12/01/snapping-turtle-stuck-in-pipe/

      Packed beach cheers on rescued turtle Summer’s return to the sea

      If you’re familiar with the final scene from Free Willy, you’ll know just how cathartic it is to watch an animal be returned to the wild from whence it came.

      The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Queensland, Australia, have documented one such heart-warming return of a rescued turtle named Summer.

      More wonderful still is the fact that her release a horde of school children and their parents stood as witness to the release; cheering and clapping. If anything’s going to send a turtle packing, it’s probably this.

      Summer was previously found at the Port of Townsville with two fishing hooks lodged in her mouth. Her release comes after several months of recuperation under the watchful eye of staff.

      The 15 to 20-year-old hybrid green and hawksbill turtle started off her return to the sea with a touch of performance anxiety, but with a helpful nudge and a lot of cheering, she made it back home to the deep blue sea.

      The marine park also released another rescued turtle, Sophie. Be free, ladies.

      Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/09/29/queensland-turtles-released-to-sea/

      Brothers Race Against Train Schedule To Save Trapped Turtle

      A few years back, two brothers wentout on astroll along a nearby set of localrailroad tracks, andspotted him.

      A snapping turtle had wedged himself in between twotracks and was now stuck.

      Animals lovers that they are, these two brothers immediately jumped to this struggling turtle’s aid. First, they tried prying him out of the tracks themselves a choice most animal rescuers would sternly advise against, for fear of provoking attack.

      While this turtle didn’t attack his heroes, he did aggressively resist their pulling. So, the brothers decided to call animal control for backup.

      With a few more animal control volunteers on their side, these rescuerswere able to finally free thepoor turtle from his train track entrapment well before the next oncoming train was slated to pass through the area.

      Thanks to these helping hands, this lucky turtle was gifted a second chance at life.

      Keep scrolling to learn all about how these brothers finally freed thisstruggling turtle.

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      When two brothers were out for a walk beside some train tracks a few years back, they stumbled across a sorry sight.

      A snapping turtle had fallen into the train tracks and gotten himself totally stuck.

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      The brothers tried to pry the little turtle loose, but he resisted their help.

      Not wanting to anger the turtle further and risk violent retaliation, the brothers promptly called animal control for help.

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      Once a few animal control representatives arrived, they all worked together to wriggle this little guy free.

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      With a decent dose of teamwork, these diligent animal lovers finally succeeded in rescuing this adorable turtle, well before the next scheduled train came rolling down thetracks.

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      With one foot in front of the other, this turtle made his way back into the world.

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      Turtles deserve to live their lives roaming freely in their natural surroundings, so the brothers were happy to return him to his normalhabitat.

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      With a few helping hands, this turtle escaped disaster andnow roamsfree in the wild once more.

      What do you think of this adorable turtle’s rescue? Have you ever rescued a trapped animal? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

      Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/brothers-save-snapping-turtle/

      Every Year, Turtles Get Stuck In These Railroad Tracks — This Is The Cute Solution

      When a bunch of turtles were found riding the rails near the Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe, Japan, something had to be done. Because of the park’s proximity to the ocean, these cute critters often end up climbing over one of the train tracks, becoming stuck between the two.

      With nowhere to go though, they previously had to walk along the track where either they were run over by a train, or ended up destroying railway switches. At least that was until the West Japan Railway Company came up with a solution that has the Internet abuzz.

      Because the turtles could hurt themselves, the train, or the switches, all causing major delays, the railway company worked hard with marine experts to determine a viable and cost-effective solution.

      Their eventual idea? Create escape ditches for turtles all throughout the region.

      And the results have been phenomenal. In just a few months, the passageways have saved the lives of at least ten turtles, not to mention the monetary benefits associated with trains arriving on time.

      One thing’s for sure: this is definitely a better long-term fix compared to getting seeing-eye dogs for all the turtles…

      Thanks to the ingenuity of a few, everyone in this situation comes out a winner.

      Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/turtle-train/

      He Bought Some Turtles From A Market And Released Them Back Into The Wild

      It’s amazing the things you can buy at foreign food markets. In Papua New Guinea, for instance, a man recently went to the market and found them selling giant sea turtles for a feast. They were still alive and crawling around!

      Arron Culling decided to take action. He bought the two turtles, and instead of eating them that night, he did something amazing with them.

      These are the turtles that were on sale at the food market.

      He paid $50 for them, “drove 5km up the road and let them go,” according to his Facebook post.

      This isn’t even the first time Culling has saved turtles! According to his Facebook, he’s already rescued about ten turtles.

      There are only a few species of sea turtles and most of them are endangered.

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      What Culling is doing is so important if we want to keep these amazing creatures around. If a species is endangered, we should try to protect them as much as possible and get their numbers back up.

      Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/turtles/

      Shell shock as sacred Vietnamese turtle dies

      (CNN)An extremely rare, giant soft-shell turtle, whose existence was connected to the country’s folklore, has died in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, according to reports.

      The turtle, known to locals as Cu Rua, “great-grandfather turtle” in Vietnamese, was spotted floating lifelessly in Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem lake Tuesday afternoon, reports state-run news agency VNS.

        Officials say old age and bad weather are to blame for its demise, and that its shell will be preserved at the Vietnam Nature Museum.

        The turtle is believed to have been between 80 and 100 years old.

        Internet users in Vietnam have been expressing their disappointment on social media since the news broke.

        Folk legend in Vietnam has it that Le Loi, a real 15th-century Vietnamese emperor, fended off an attempted Chinese invasion with a magical sword. A mythical turtle was said to have taken that sword from him after his victory.

        The lake where this is said to have happened is named after the tale and is known as Ho Hoan Kiem, meaning “lake of the returned sword.”

        It was in this same lake that Cu Rua lived.

        One of a kind

        The soft-shell turtle is said to be one of the only four known specimens of the Yangtze giant soft-shell turtle, Rafetus swinhoei.

        Cu Rua’s demise means that only three are now left in the world, according to the VNS report — one in another lake in Hanoi and two others in Shanghai, China.

        In 2011, it was taken out of the lake and received three months of medical treatment, before it was restored to good health and returned.

        This trip also uncovered something else.

        Unlike what its name suggests, Cu Rua was a female — not a grandfather at all.

        News of the turtle’s death came at a politically sensitive time, just one day before the 12th Congress of Communist Party of Vietnam, the country’s ruling party, was due to open. This coincidence has not gone unnoticed.

        READ: Vietnam says China moved oil rig into contested waters in South China Sea

        Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/21/asia/vietnam-giant-turtle-dead/index.html

        Watching This Turtle Eat A Pigeon Is Both Fascinating And Terrifying

        Since the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV show began airing back in 1987, the world has mostly come to view turtles and tortoises as friends. However, this is far from the truth. While they can sometimes be harmless, they can also be extremely vicious and violent.

        For proof of these claims, look no further than the video below. It shows a tortoise casually swimming up to a flock of pigeons, grabbing one, and drowning it in front of its friends.

        This is totally brutal.

        Living in a major U.S. city, I’m not the biggest fan of pigeons, but I do genuinely feel bad for this one. He never saw it coming.

        Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/turtle-food/

        When They Saw This Giant Leatherback Turtle In Distress, They Didn’t Hesitate To Help

        When Jacksonville Police Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were out enjoying the ocean on their day off, they saw something in the water that warranted investigation. As they got closer, though, they realized it was a matter of life and death…because caught in a crab trap was a nine-foot-long leatherback turtle!

        The rope was wrapped around his neck, so each time he tried to dive, it only tightened further. Seeing that if they didn’t cut the rope soon he would die, the two officers leapt into action.

        Leatherback Sea Turtle Saved From Crab Trap By JSO Officers

        Leatherback Sea Turtle Saved From Crab Trap By JSO OfficersJacksonville Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Steve Mullen and Officer Brad Smith were off shore two miles out in front of Hanna Park around 1:00 p.m. today. They observed a nine foot Leatherback Sea Turtle in distress. The sea turtle had become entangled in a crab trap. The trap's rope was looped around the sea turtle's neck, and the buoy was still attached to the trap. As a result, whenever the turtle tried to dive, the rope tightened around its neck. Lt. Steve Mullen was able to disentangle the distressed turtle from the crab trap while keeping the turtle in the water.Great job Lt. Mullen and Officer Smith! Even off duty, saving lives!^MB

        Posted by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Monday, February 22, 2016

        Thanks to these two off-duty officers, another life was saved. And since that turtle isn’t capable of saying thanks, bravo, gentlemen!

        Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/leatherback-turtle/

        Proud Father Rescues Baby Turtle After His Children Find It Trapped In A Storm Drain

        Most parents aim to teach their children compassion as early as possible. It’s always nice to see kids expressing care and concern for other living things, and learning these lessons early will help them become kinder adults. Well, these two kids are definitely already on the right track and their father couldn’t be happier.

        Recently, when this family was walking around a local turtle pond, the two children came across a storm drain. When they decided to take a peek inside, they were shockedwhen they saw a small turtle that appeared to be trapped. Immediately, the children jumped into action and went to get their father.

        While some parents might have brushed their children off, this helpful dad decided that he had to do something to save the turtle. In just a few seconds, he was back with a net to fish the turtle out of the hole. However, he didn’t just stop there. What he and his children did next was the perfect show of kindness.

        These kids are already on the path to growing into compassionate adults and it’s clear that they have a very good example to follow.

        Watch the video to see how this family jumped into action to save a turtle.

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        Read more: http://www.littlethings.com/turtle-in-storm-drain/

        This Rescue Of A Sea Turtle Caught In A Fishing Net Will Have You Cheering

        Life is full of surprises. You never know when a moment might arise where you’re called upon to do something heroic.

        It’s these moments of true spontaneity that show others who we really are.

        For the three men in the video below, one such moment presented itself when they were sitting by a beach restaurant and spotted something moving by the shoreline. What they found was a massive leatherback sea turtle struggling to untangle itself from a fishing net.

        After some incredible teamwork — and some hissing from the nervous turtle — the three heroes with hearts of gold were able to set the majestic sea creature free.

        What a beautiful moment when the turtle swims back out to sea. It must have felt so relieved when it took that dive.

        Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/turtle-rescue/