Pet turtles are not the real ‘heroes in a half-shell.’

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This photo released by ILM/Paramount Pictures shows a scene from the film, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." The movie releases in the U.S. on August 8, 2014. (AP Photo/ILM/Paramount Pictures)

This photo released by ILM/Paramount Pictures shows a scene from the film, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” The movie releases in the U.S. on August 8, 2014. (AP Photo/ILM/Paramount Pictures)

With another “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie set to hit theaters this week, a Malibu-based tortoise rescue organization is urging parents to refrain from buying live turtles for children impressed by the heroics of the film’s fictional “heroes in a half-shell.”
The founders of American Tortoise Rescue said purchases of pet turtles surged following the release of the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” film in 1990, but the turtles are often abandoned when their novelty wears off. And, when kids discover that live turtles don’t fly or do stunts like their movie counterparts.
The turtle advocates also warned that Salmonella-carrying turtles pose an additional risk to young children and infants when kept at home.

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