No More Turtles For Canadian Who Smuggled 38 In His Pants

TORONTO, Feb 25 (Reuters) – A Canadian man who smuggled 38 turtles in his pants has been given probation, a fine and has been banned from owning such reptiles for 10 years.

According to Canada’s environment department, Dong Yan of Windsor, Ontario, had tried to bring the reptiles from the United States into the southern part of the province.

“The turtles were contained in plastic bags and taped to Mr. Yan’s legs,” Environment and Climate Change Canada said in a statement on Thursday.

Yan was convicted on Feb. 17 after he was caught during an inspection in 2014 when he tried to enter Canada through the Niagara border crossing, the department said.

Yan’s probation is for two years, and his fine was C$3,500 ($2,600). He was also sentenced to 50 hours of community service and must notify the environment department of international travel. Yan was also ordered to write a letter about his experience “for publication as the department sees fit.”

($1 = 1.3546 Canadian dollars) (Reporting by Ethan Lou; Editing by James Dalgleish)


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.


Butterflies Drinking Tears From Turtle And Alligator Eyes Look Like A Scene From Disney

What you see before your very eyes is a phenomenon which is extremely hard to witness in nature. These amazing photographs feature Julia Butterflies (Dryas iulia) drinking the tears of turtles and alligators.

To your possible disappointment, these butterflies are not here to comfort the teary reptiles, but are here to feed on them. This phenomenon is called lachryphagy, which literally means “tear-feeding”, and, as cruel as it may sound, it is one of the ways that butterflies can get precious nutrition.

As reported by National Geographic, butterflies sip on tears to get sodium and other minerals which are needed for egg production and metabolism. While the mutual benefits are not yet proven, as long as the tear-providers are not too bothered, let the feast continue!

Image credits: Michael Wang / Tora Adventure