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53-Pound Snapping Turtle Rescued From Pipe

Houston SPCA Wildlife Center of Texas via AP

Houston fire and rescue crews rescue a giant snapping turtle from drainage pipe.

It’s a tale as old as time. A fluffy, cute little animal is trapped in a well. Soon, a passerby comes along and steps in to rescue the adorable critter, forming a lifelong friendship. This is not that story.

Recently, a giant snapping turtle was pulled from a drainage pipe in Texas. Surprisingly, the giant critter was found stuck in the pipe in a new residential development area near Hockley, about 35 miles northwest of Houston.

Fire-rescue crews used a spreader to open the pipe and remove the alligator snapping turtle. According to AP News, the animal was struggling to keep its head above water.

Sadly, several other drowned alligator snapping turtles flowed out of the newly unclogged pipe once the 53-pound creature was removed. The giant creature is recovering at a rehabilitation center in Houston.

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53-Pound Snapping Turtle Rescued From Pipe