Officials: Rescued tortoises improving at NJ zoo

New Jersey news from Eyewitness News

September 24, 2011 3:19:17 PM PDT
Four huge tortoises seized from a New Jersey home earlier this month are being treated at a rescue zoo for upper respiratory infections but otherwise are mostly in good health.

But animal protection advocates tell the Asbury Park Press that they're still seeking a permanent home in a warm climate for the reptiles, which for now will remain at Popcorn Park Zoo in Lacey Township.

The four - including one that weighs 600 pounds - are Aldabra tortoises, which are second in size only to the Galapagos tortoise.

Besides the infection, two of them also have cracked shells. But officials say the reptiles are eating well and are being treated with antibiotics.

Officials say the tortoises were being kept in inadequate outdoor enclosures at a Highlands home when they were seized.