HOUSTON - A wounded alligator snapping turtle is recovering at a Houston wildlife rehabilitation center after fire-rescue crews saved it from a rural drainage pipe.
The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the 53-pound threatened-species specimen was found wedged Tuesday in the pipe in a new residential development near Hockley, about 35 miles northwest of Houston.
Fire-rescue crews used a spreader to open the pipe enough for the dinosaur-like turtle to be removed after it had struggled to keep its head above water. Several drowned alligator snapping turtles flowed from the newly unblocked pipe.
The SPCA said it also is rehabilitating one other alligator snapping turtle, which had an embedded fish hook and other serious wounds. Both will be returned to the wild after recovering.
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