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Orphan snapping turtles released back into the wild

Chet Powell Chet Powell

Seven baby snapping turtles are now back in the wild after being rescued earlier this year.

The turtles were released into the Withlacoochee River in Valdosta Wednesday afternoon. Their mother was hit by a car near the river in late Spring. Wildlife officials tried to save the mother, but were only able to save her eggs.

"We sent her to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center at Jekyll Island. They were able to retrieve 24 eggs. Out of the 24, seven hatched and that is remarkable in itself," said Chet Powell, Executive Director of the Georgia Wildlife Rescue Association.

Barring any major environmental changes to the river, the turtles will stay in the water for the next four to five years until they are fully grown.

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