Watch: Rare turtles smuggled in crates; 2 die

Dozens of rare turtles from the Galapagos Islands were smuggled from Ecuador to Peru wrapped in tape. The local animal protection agency rescued the turtles and transferred them to receive medical treatment.
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At least 29 rare turtles from the Galapagos Islands were rescued in Peru after smugglers attempted to sell them wrapped in tape. The local wildlife protection agency located the endangered species and took care of the turtles.

The turtles were found wrapped in tape in boxes that were to be transferred to Europe so that they could be sold. 2 of the turtles died because of the harsh conditions in which they were held and because of the pressure that was upon them.

The bus containing the crates with the turtles was on its way to Lima. The bus driver and the company that employs him were interrogated. The turtles were immediately transferred to receive medical treatment in a zoo in Peru.

The giant turtle, which can weigh up to 225 kilos, is among the most famous animals in the Galapagos Islands. They eat leaves, cactus, grass and fruit but can survive up to one year without food or water.

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