Please, Do Not Tape Turtles To Balloons

A California community is in shock after finding a turtle that had been taped to several green helium filled balloons and set loose to float away.

The turtle was found when the balloons got caught in a tree and the turtle dangling from the string and tape it was attached to.  The local Humane Society was called to save the turtle, who in turn called the fire department to climb the tree.  “We look up and there are green and blue balloons up there,” a witness told ABC News affiliate 10 News. “He was just swinging his arms trying to get out of it. Somebody had taped him to the balloons.”

The turtle was a common box turtle and was unharmed after the fire team used a ladder truck to reach it.  Police are looking to find out who did this to the turtle and if found could be charged with animal cruelty.

(peet: it realize this wasn’t right, even cruel, but I did laugh.  I have to be honest)

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