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Turtle duct-taped to balloons rescued from Oceanside tree

August 22, 2012 | 10:33 am

Rescuing a cat from a tree is one thing, but a turtle?

Days after a box turtle was found duct-taped to a bundle of balloons caught in an Oceanside tree, officials were still searching for the culprit — and residents had harsh words for whoever was responsible.

Chanelle Wright first spotted the trapped turtle dangling in the breeze Sunday afternoon, the red and green balloons stuck high in the branches of her neighbor's eucalyptus tree.

"He was swinging his arms trying to get out of it," Wright told 10News. "Somebody had taped him to the balloons."

Wright called the Oceanside Humane Society and firefighters arrived to help free the turtle. Just as they were about to rescue it, the television station reported, a gust of wind carried the wayward reptile down to the ground.

The reptile was taken to the Oceanside Humane Society as officials investigate the incident.

Residents who watched the rescue told 10News they were outraged by the turtle's treatment.

"It's animal abuse," Wright said. "If you didn't want the turtle, give it away, take it to a pet store."

"What were you thinking? I mean, a turtle is still life," Joel Rabago said. "There's no reason to be putting him up in a balloon and sending him off."

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