28 tortoises smuggled into UK are now living at Blackpool Zoo
Blackpool Zoo now has 28 new residents.
Baby tortoises which were seized while being smuggled into the UK are now settling in at the zoo after they were collected from Heathrow last month.
“We have built a fantastic relationship with Borderforce over the years and work closely with them to rehome any seized reptiles,” John Paul Houston, assistant head of the Animal Department at Blackpool Zoo, said.
“This species of tortoise does not make a good pet, but people don’t understand that when they buy a cute little reptile from the pet shop.
“Without a very strictly controlled diet they can grow too quickly and become dramatically deformed.”
He added: “We have given them all names now, including Squirtle from Pokemon and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle names too, and each has their own care plan that will follow them through life.”