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Thieves Riding Donkeys Steal Sea Turtle Eggs on Southern Mexican Beach

The Associated Press
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November 18, 2016



On the same day that a Mexican sea turtles were released to the sea, thieves stole newly deposited eggs from nests. (NBC News)

Thieves on donkeys stole newly deposited sea turtle eggs from their sandy nests on a southern Mexico beach several hours before a group of children arrived to watch a conservation program release 8,000 previously hatched baby turtles into the sea.

The men were seen scooping up the eggs early Thursday in Oaxaca state, but there were no authorities in sight. The thieves were gone before dozens of children arrived several hours later to watch the turtle hatchlings scramble into the sea. The baby turtles were earlier hatched at a sanctuary run by the Mexican Turtle Center conservation program and brought to the beach for the release.

Joel Vazquez Rojas, mayor of San Pedro Huamelula, says humans are the turtles’ top predators and the program is needed to protect the hatchlings.

See the original at The Star

Related: 417 Sea Turtle Eggs Rescued in Colima, Mexico (El Universal)

  Check out Nuestra Tierra Turtle Conservation Program

  Check out Ecological Group of Costa Verde

  Check out The Western Ecological Society

  Check out Deep Blue Conservancy


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