Skip to comments.Turtle Rescued After Being Taped To Balloons
Posted on 08/23/2012 11:29:31 AM PDT by MNDude
Authorities are looking for whoever taped a turtle to several balloons and sent it flying in an Oceanside neighborhood.
The turtle was spotted duct-taped and dangling from balloons that were caught high up in a eucalyptus tree. Some neighbors next door saw what was going on and tried to help the turtle.
"We look up and there's green and blue balloons up there," said resident Chanelle Wright. "He was just swinging his arms trying to get out of it. Somebody had taped him to the balloons."
Wright told 10News, "I called the Humane Society to try to get the fire department out here, but it took about an hour for everybody to actually show up."
"We proceed by checking with everybody in the neighborhood and see if anybody saw anything, who might know who the owner of the turtle is," said Lt. Melyssa Jones, who is with the Humane Society.
If detectives can find out who taped the turtle to the balloons, they could face charges of animal abuse.
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Firstly, it is a FREAKING TURTLE--probably a small step about above a fish. Do they realize for every turtle that survives to become an adult, about 50 are devoured by predators?
Second of all, this woman the fire department. Typical of people too helpless do do anything themselves.
Third, the Fire Department actually showed up! How'd you like it if your house burned down because the fire department was helping a turtle out of a tree?
Fourth, they are talking about investigating this further. Gee, the city must be nearly crime free to have resources to put towards this.
Turtle says, “Wheeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! Do it again!!!!!!!
Most action that sucker has ever seen or will likely see again......a bucket list check he lives to tell other turtles about..
So, how many balloons does it take to airlift a turtle?
I’m glad that the turtle is safe and unharmed.
This sounds like the kind of stupid stunt that some bored kid, 10-12, pulls during summer vacation.
That the police are going after the “culprit” is a bit much.
Animal abuse charges, I don't really think so. Mental evaluation of the person that did this prank is more appropriate.
So this is how “post turtles” manage to get on top of that post.
But how do they release the balloons?
(Gratuitously swiped from an Obama as a post turtle thread)
The dude tripped a “stick-point” landing on that post.....balloons were just for show....
Duct Tape and Helium evolutionary process.
That's high on the list of phrases I never thought I'd see...
Great post. It fits.
He seriously has to work on the landings. He was cleared by the Tower on runway 2. Maybe there was windshear, or the wake from a high speed gerbil attached to a bottle rocket passing by that sent him off course.
If I was a 14 year old and saw that rig flying overhead, my first reaction would have been to get the BB gun and down the enemy Zero before it attacked Pearl.
“Turtle says, Wheeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! Do it again!!!!!!!
Most action that sucker has ever seen or will likely see again......a bucket list check he lives to tell other turtles about..”
No kidding! What else is that turtle going to do with his life any how? Crawl around in the mud? Eat bugs?
It’s not about the animal so much as it is a story about people with compassion for animals (the rescuers not the perpetrators). Sure, it’s just a freakin turtle, but there are people out there with hearts just the same.
Someone's parrot was in a nearby tree that didn't have limbs close enough to the ground so it could be readily climbed. The fire department came and got it chaulking the incident up to "training".
But then I'm moved by cruelty to animals, and their welfare when it can be provided.
Only a very small percentage of box turtle eggs make it to adult turtles due to predation at many stages of the turtles' growth. NOT "about 50 are devoured by predators". Every single turtle is important to contribute to the population--there is no surplus of box turtles as their habitat has been increasingly destroyed.
The turtle was "caught high up in a eucalyptus tree". YOU want to scramble up a tall tree? Probably don't even have the stones to try, but your accusative finger seems to be in fine shape. I'd have called the fire department, too--they have ladder trucks which could safely reach the turtle and not endanger a well-meaning would-be rescuer. The fire department came "after an hour" meaning that they had obviously tended to more urgent business before answering this call. Firemen aren't putting out fires 24/7; they DO have down time.
The city SHOULD investigate this act of cruelty. Next time, the perp could do something cruel to a cat or dog, or even a child. They usually start out small and work their way up.
There's nothing wrong with the story, but there's obviously plenty wrong with YOU.
This turtle using evolution determined that trudging around at turtle speed was not an effective way of running into turtle chicks. Finding some balloons and duct tape he was suddenly airborne scoping out the babes. Getting caught in the tree is something his progeny will eventually work out.
Thank God it was not a puppy or kitten. This kid would be a registered animal offender for life, tried as an adult.
But violence to reptiles and amphibians and certain rodents is OK, or is it?
What is the politically correct animal hierarchy anyway?
Put the turtle meat in a large saucepan with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne and the water. Bring to a boil. Skim off any foam that rises to the top. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes. With a slotted spoon transfer the meat to a platter. Cut the meat into 1/2 inch dice and reserve the liquid. In another large sauce pan, combine the butter and flour over medium heat, stirring constantly for 6 to 8 minutes to make a dark roux. Add the onions, shallots, bell peppers and celery. Stir occasionally and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the vegetables are slightly tender. Add the bay leaves, thyme and garlic, cook for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and the turtle meat. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes stirring occasionally. Add the Worcestershire sauce, the remaining salt and cayenne, the turtle stock (about 6 cups) lemon juice, and sherry. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the parsley, green onions, and eggs and simmer for 45 minutes. Garnish with green onions and chopped eggs.
Ive spent countless hours over my life shooting turtles when they poke their heads up out of the water
“Frizzle Frazzle Frizzle Frome, time for this one to go home” ... “Mr Wizard
I recently witnessed a total of NINE rescue personnel arrive in response to a woman’s call to be taken to a hospital for an injured shoulder. NINE people, three of whom were paramedics + SIX FIREMEN. What a joke. I kept asking them “Do you really need all of these people and trucks? No wonder cities are going bankrupt.” There were not happy about me being there. LOL
Why is it no matter what story there is here on FR about animal cruelty, there MUST be at least on Freeper who tells a story about how shooting, trapping, cooking, skinning or otherwise dispatching said animal is part of the circle of life?
You will spend countless hours having your head held underwater in the afterlife. LOL!
Well said SpaceBar.
I agree with you. I love turtles and they are worthy of saving.
....and, there is something about turtles because they are SO vulnerable that calls all of us to help them when we can, whether helping them off the road or out of a tree!
Hard on the outside, soft on the inside; how I like my candybars and men!
“That’s high on the list of phrases I never thought I’d see.....”
Exactly one year ago today, there was an earthquake in Virginia.
Another phrase that I never thought I would see or hear.....
“Earthquake damaged Washington Monument.”
Probably some of the posters here giving the turtle abusers a pass would scream bloody murder if a cop shot a dog.
The idea is that they are all living creatures. I happen to be a reptile fan and to me this turtle is just as important as my dog or my cat are. Just because you don’t see value in the life of the animal doesn’t mean it’s OK to torture it.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not an animal rights clown, but I don’t believe any living thing should become amusement for some stupid idiots fun time.
Anyone who did this to an animal would have no problem with doing the same to a human. This is the mentality that drives the pro-aborts.
Yes, Paul. I was counting to 10, waiting for (1) a post telling how to shoot a turtle and the best type of firearm to do it and (2) a turtle recipe. FReepers, pretty predictable on some things. Sorry to say, I was not disappointed. Some people need to show how little G-d’s creatures mean to them in order to feel like a man, I guess.
I wonder how many babies were aborted in this country during that same time period.
I’m conflicted about this. While I agree that everyone involved over-reacted, I also understand that gratuitous animal cruelty is a symptom of deeper problems. I think the biggest malaise our society faces is a lack of empathy. From the perspective of a human who is aware of the risks and can make a choice in the matter I would say, “Hell yeah”, but we are dealing with critters who have no choice. I agree that a human life is worth more than that of an animal, but that is no excuse for inflicting distress for our personal amusement. With respect, FRiend, being pro-life extends to the fauna that the Almighty entrusted to our care.
I agree. Back in the day, this would have been what is Edubabble is called a "teachable moment". Cases of distress caused to animals by kids who didn't know better in my neighbourhood involved the parish priest patiently explaining that it would have been NO FUN AT ALL had we been in the posistion in which we had placed the poor critter. Object lesson in empathy and we were all the wiser for it. By criminalizing such events, any hope that the kid would learn from the experience is dashed by lawyers insisting that he's blameless.
I would hesitate about mental evaluation. I think a parent, teacher, minister, rabbi or priest would be far better equipped to respond than a shrink could ever dream of being. I speak from bitter experience on this (not on animal cruelty, just on other stupid kid things I did that got “medicalized”). You are 100% correct in your instinct that the criminal justice system is the wrong way to handle this.
Just today I rescued a box turtle that was in the middle of the opposing lane of the road.
Pulled off the road and ‘assisted’ him safely to the other side.
>>Next time, the perp could do something cruel to a cat or dog, or even a child.<<
Did ya ever think that “the perp” could have been some kid who didn’t quite think that the turtle would actually fly? Perhaps a group of boys who thought they could grab it but it got too high? Did you raise any boys? They do dumb things and are far from “perps”. Lighten up.
And for Heaven’s sake, you did not say “Every single turtle is important to contribute to the population—there is no surplus of box turtles as their habitat has been increasingly destroyed”
They are selling them as PETS.
And lets face it, if someone hadn’t gotten this turtle down, a bird would have had a great meal. Delivered.
>>Some people need to show how little G-ds creatures mean to them in order to feel like a man, I guess.<<
Or the economy sucks and they are hungry.
Judge not and all that stuff.
It’s possible to be strongly pro-life and at the same time resent needless cruelty to animals. Just in case you need a clue, FRiend.
The fact that some people erroneously elevate animals to be coequal with humanity in their thinking causes some to poke fun at them when they try to inflict that loopiness on others.
“The city SHOULD investigate this act of cruelty. Next time, the perp could do something cruel to a cat or dog, or even a child.”
Or start posting anonymous insults on the internet!
The “perp”, as you put it, most likely a child, has a lesser probability of progressing to a serial killer than a box turtle egg has of progressing to high altitude flight.
What should be done with the “perp” after governmental resources have been expended to identify him? Mark him down on a turtle offender registry? Psychiatric treatment? Ritalin?
I believe many things are beneath the attention of government, rescue of flying turtles and the prosecution of those that launch them being but two examples.
Things would have ended differently if it had landed in North Korea.
Prolly a test run for the lawn chair balloon setup the kids planning for before back-to-school. They prolly didnt mean to let im go