Officials: Rescued tortoises will remain at NJ zoo

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Posted: Oct 23, 2011 4:13 PM
Officials: Rescued tortoises will remain at NJ zoo

A New Jersey rescue zoo is now the new home of four tortoises seized from a house last month.

Officials tell the Asbury Park Press ( that the reptiles will remain at Popcorn Park in Lacey Township. That's where the animals have been treated for some health issues that aren't considered serious.

Officials had been seeking a permanent home in a warm climate for the four Aldabra tortoises, which range in size from 7 pounds to 320 pounds.

But the park plans to build a public structure for the reptiles that will likely cost somewhere between $7,000 and $10,000.

Officials say the tortoises were being kept in inadequate outdoor enclosures at a Highlands home when they were seized, though they acknowledge the owner wasn't purposely trying to harm them.


Information from: Asbury Park Press,