Michigan utility releases 12 juvenile turtles into habitat

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In this Tuesday, March 12, 2019 photo, a loggerhead turtle swims in a tank at a marine animal rehabilitation center near Boston. Warmer waters in New England are proving attractive to sea turtles, but with a catch. Many are swimming north only to be trapped by cooling waters. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

 
SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) – A dozen juvenile turtles have been released into a habitat created for them by employees of a Michigan utility.
 
Jackson-based Consumers Energy says the Blanding’s turtles were placed Thursday in the Saginaw area.
 
Two adult turtles were found last year along the path of the utility’s Saginaw Trail Pipeline. The adult turtles were moved to a safe location and 12 eggs were laid. The eggs were placed in an incubator until they hatched. The young turtles were raised by a herpetologist over the winter.
 
Consumers Energy enhanced the area near where the adult turtles were found to give the juvenile turtles a better chance of survival.
 
Vice president of gas operations Charles Crews says the utility has safely relocated frogs, salamanders, snakes and other turtles from the pipeline’s path.

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