From the Alaska Dispatch News comes this head-scratcher:
Inspectors with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and
the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service made an unusual
discovery at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in September:
more than 200 live baby turtles.
Because of the young age
of the turtles, and the way they were being shipped, about half of the
animals have died, according to Nicole Abeln, the Anchorage Museum's
animal care technician, tasked with caring for the turtles.
of the turtles belonged to species that are protected from illegal
poaching and export, according to Fish and Wildlife officials. The
reptiles were stuffed into boots, hidden away inside luggage bound for
China, according to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa, one of the facilities to receive some of the animals. Currently, about 35 turtles remain at the Anchorage Museum, where they are being cared for until federal officials find homes for them.