Turtles

August 16, 2019 - 2:32 pm
Good afternoon! Here's a look at how AP’s news coverage is shaping up today in the Deep South. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to: The Atlanta AP Bureau at 404-522-8971 or apatlanta@ap.org The Columbia AP Bureau at 803-799-5510 or apcolumbia@ap.org The...
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August 16, 2019 - 10:18 am
ATLANTA (AP) — An investigation involving two of the world's biggest airports and hundreds of turtles has led to federal charges that a man illegally shipped the reptiles to China. Nathan Horton is charged with violating the Lacy Act, which forbids illegal wildlife trafficking. Prosecutors took a...
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This Sunday, July 14, 2019, photo provided by the California Highway Patrol shows a 250-pound tortoise in a patrol car that officers rescued after it wandered away from its home and was spotted on the shoulder of a road in Santa Ynez, Calif., about 100 miles (161 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. The CHP says it got a call about the big reptile Sunday evening, located the owners, put the tortoise in the patrol car and delivered it to them about two hours later. (California Highway Patrol via AP)
July 17, 2019 - 1:38 am
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (AP) — A 250-pound tortoise that wandered away from its home has been rescued after California Highway Patrol officers found it on the side of a road. And no, they didn't arrest it for speeding. The CHP says it got a call about the big reptile Sunday evening. It was spotted on...
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Customs officials display seized turtles at the customs office Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Sepang, Malaysia. Two Indian citizens were arrested due to smuggling attempt into the country on a flight from Guangzhou, China with thirty-two small boxes packed with 5,225 red-eared slider turtles. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
June 26, 2019 - 2:38 am
SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia authorities have arrested four Indians and seized more than 14 kilograms of drugs and over 5,000 turtles from their luggage at the Kuala Lumpur airport. Senior customs official Zulkarnain Mohamed Yusof said Wednesday that agents found a total 5,255 red-ear slider...
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June 18, 2019 - 8:14 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A New Jersey wildlife trader has been sentenced to two years' probation for his role in a reptile smuggling ring that stretched from South Carolina to Hong Kong. The State reports 26-year-old William "Billy" Gangemi was sentenced Monday for conspiracy to smuggle wildlife in...
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May 23, 2019 - 9:25 am
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat. In a paper published Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from Germany say the behavior they spotted...
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May 03, 2019 - 1:59 pm
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina driver got a case of shell shock after a turtle flying through the air on a busy highway shattered his windshield. John Gardner said the rear tire on a truck near him hit the turtle Tuesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 501 near Conway and flung the reptile into his...
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April 26, 2019 - 4:11 pm
BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Rare loggerhead sea turtles are laying eggs along the Georgia coast. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says the first loggerhead nest of the 2019 season was discovered Friday on Cumberland Island. Typically, the season runs from May through August in Georgia and the...
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April 14, 2019 - 5:20 am
BEIJING (AP) — A zoo in southern China says the only known female member of one of the world's rarest turtle species has died. The animal was one of four Yangtze giant softshell turtles known to be remaining in the world. The Suzhou zoo, where the female turtle lived, also houses a male Yangtze...
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April 01, 2019 - 1:16 am
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Native American tribes on the hunt for animal hides, antlers, teeth and other parts for cultural and religious use have a unique new resource: the state's wildlife agency. A recently launched program allows Arizona's nearly two dozen tribes to make requests to the...
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