Turtles rescued after being dumped in N.J.

(Popcorn Park Zoo)

January 25, 2011 4:26:36 PM PST
Animal welfare authorities are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for dumping a group of soft-shell turtles by the roadside in northern New Jersey.

The turtles, which are from the south and cannot survive in this climate, were spotted by a motorist along the Passaic River in West New York last Thursday. She stopped her car when she saw a flock of seagulls attacking them, shooed them away, and called for help.

Four of the 10 turtles had frozen to death. The surviving six turtles are being rehabilitated at the Popcorn Park Zoo in Lacey Township, NJ.

General Manager John Bergmann of the Popcorn Park Zoo says they're native to Florida, Georgia and Alabama.