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Volunteers Are Rushing To Save As Many Turtles As Possible Amid Texas Winter Cold Snap

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Volunteers Are Rushing To Save As Many Turtles As Possible Amid Texas Winter Cold Snap

Parts of the US are in the midst of a devastating winter cold snap that has cut off power to millions of people.

At least 21 people have been killed in incidents related to the weather, it's causing traffic mayhem in the worst affected states and emergency services are do all they can to help everyone.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Volunteers are also banding together along the Texas' coastline to save as many turtles as possible.

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The animals are cold-blooded and therefore aren't able to regulate their temperature in the same way humans do. As a result, they're at an extreme risk of dying during this weather event.

Thankfully, there is a select group of people preventing that from happening and the results have been incredible.

According to Dodo, The South Padre Island Convention Centre and Visitors Bureau has been turned into a makeshift shelter for the turtles and more than 3,500 have been brought in already.

One person even shared a picture her mum sent her showing loads of turtles in the backseat of her car ready to be transported to the nearest animal shelter for care.

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Sea Turtle Inc. has thanked everyone for their support during this outrageous time.

"We are grateful for the support of the community (near and far), City of South Padre Island leadership, and City of South Padre Island Convention Center for responding to our emergent needs.

"Three resident sea turtles have already been removed from the tanks tonight and are inside the education center.

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"We will be needing to move the other two residents soon if the power is not restored. Staff, volunteers and community are working tirelessly to provide critical care for these magnificent creatures."

The group made a special shoutout to Captain Henry, who organised a journey with volunteers into the freezing seas to help save more than 100 turtles.

"Selfless acts like Captain Henry's reminds us of the wonderful and dedicated community we are lucky enough to be part of", said Executive Director of Sea Turtle Inc. Wendy Knight.

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They've asked for people who can't help along the coastline to donate to their organisation so that they can continue to care for these cold-blooded animals during this storm.

Texas is copping it the worst in the cold snap that hasn't been seen in years, with wind chill warnings being issued as far north as Canada and far south as Mexico.

The power grid in Texas has repeatedly failed and plunged residents into blackout.

Featured Image Credit: Sea Turtle Inc./Facebook

Topics: Weather, News, US News, Animals

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