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1,529 Exotic Turtles And Tortoises Were Found Trying To Be Smuggled Into The Philippines

1,529 different species of turtles and tortoises, including Star Tortoises, Redfoot Tortoises, Sulcata Tortoises, and Red-eared Slider turtles, were trying to be smuggled into the Philippines' main airport, this past Sunday. The passenger carrying the animals from a flight from Hong Kong, said to a Filipino national, abandoned the exotic animals in four items of luggage that have since been intercepted by authorities.

Miraculously, all of the animals were found to be alive and believed to be worth around $86,000, according to the Bureau of Customs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

In their announcement, the Bureau of Customs NAIA released a series of photos of the smuggled turtles, some of which had been bound in duct tape. The animals have now been turned over to to the Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit of the Philippines Department on Natural Resources, the Bureau of Customs PH said.

Story originally found on abc.news.

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These Two City Turtles Are Having The Best Time Of Their Life In NY

Squishy and Rosy are a pair of red-eared slider turtles whose adventures in New York keep Instagram fans hooked. We just love them! 

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The 2018 Autumn/ Winter Tortoise Fashion Collection Is Here And It's Soooo Cute!

On her etsy page, Katie Bradley writes: "Rescuing tortoises is an accidental hobby that has blossomed alongside being a wife, mother, friend, geek, and artist". Her hobby gave her a brilliant idea and she started crocheting winter collection for pet turtles. She currently has seven tortoises: 4 Russian tortoises (testudo horsfieldii) and 1 Greek tortoise (testudo gracea), and she's also fostering an additional Greek tortoise for the International Reptile Rescue. Feel free to stop by her tortoise blog: www.tortaddiction.blogspot.com. Here are the new items for the upcoming winter. 



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It's World Turtle Day And Fans Are Taking Over Twitter

Fans of turtles all over the world are celebrating World Turtle Day! And what better way than to also grab and highlight the increasing importance of not only raising awareness and understanding of the turtle species but also about reducing plastic waste in order for them to survive and strive! 

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Tortoises Strike a Pose for the New Sweater Winter Collection

Winter is just around the corner, and you know what that means, IT'S SWEATER WEATHER! And we aren't the only ones that are going to live it up in layers this year! Tortoises are going all out and have made it known that just because they have a shell, doesn't mean they don't like fashion! 

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Adorable Photos Show Cats and Turtles Are Best Friends (12 Pics)

You would think that a cats best friend would be their owner! The ones that give them endless love and devotion... but alas, they are actually turtles. Want proof? Well, here are the pictures that say a thousand words! 

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