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Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons’ Karen Testa rehabs reptiles

Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons’ Karen Testa rehabs reptiles

Karen Testa heads the nonprofit Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons. A lifelong turtle lover, she spoke about some of the devastating injuries she’s seen inflicted upon the animals, which can sometimes take years to rehabilitate before they can be released back into the wild. She and other experts also spoke about how important turtles are to the ecosystem, and how external factors are causing many turtle species to go extinct, which will in turn affect us. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Karen Testa’s patients may move at a snail’s pace or slower, but she is pressed to find any downtime at Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons, a Jamesport nonprofit she founded in 2012.

The nonprofit is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick and injured turtles that are native to New York State. It cares for about 150 turtles annually, including pets whose owners…