Turtles make slow-speed escape from captivity

8:43 AM, Jul 19, 2012   |    comments
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SUMMERVILLE, Ga. -- More than 1,000 turtles have bolted -- slowly -- from their turtle farm in northwest Georgia.

Turtle farmer David Driver tells sheriff's officials he suspects vandals might be to blame for tearing down fences around his turtle ponds in Summerville.

Authorities say that allowed the turtles -- including snappers, Eastern paints and yellow-bellied sliders -- to bolt from the farm and make a beeline to nearby ponds and creeks.

Drivers tell The Chattanooga Times Free Press that about 1,600 of the 2,200 turtles escaped. He says his business involves selling some turtles to pet-growing operations and others to China.

Sheriff's officials are continuing to search for the turtles.

(Associated Press)

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