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BR man on quest to regain turtles

3 years 3 months 3 weeks ago June 09, 2013 Jun 9, 2013 Sunday, June 09 2013 June 09, 2013 10:41 AM in News
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. - A retired LSU chemistry professor is on a quest to regain 103 endangered box turtles he says were like family to him.

Robert Zinn housed the turtles on his property - some for more than 25 years - and gave them names like "Grandma," ''Cupcake" and "Big Max."

But on April 2, The Advocate reports state wildlife and fisheries agents seized 103 of the turtles, claiming he did not have the proper permits to house them.

Since then, the state has given most of the turtles to new homes in Baton Rouge, Houston and Florida.

Meanwhile, Zinn is awaiting a trial date on a misdemeanor citation for violating recreational box turtle regulations. He faces up to 15 days in jail and a $50 fine, if convicted.

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