Firefighters with the Medina Fire Department used special oxygen masks to rescue turtles that were pulled from a shed fire.
Wednesday afternoon, crews responded to a shed fire. When they arrived on the scene, they were told by neighbors that the owner had multiple turtles inside the shed.
Crews put out the fire and began removing about 10 turtles, including two large tortoises, from the smoke-filled shed.
The Medina Fire Department carries oxygen masks that are specially designed to be used on animals and crews used those to administer oxygen to the turtles.
The fire department said about half of the turtles were able to be rescued.
According to the fire department, the shed was insulated and heated to house the turtles and it is believed that one of the heating elements started the fire.
“This afternoon the duty crew was dispatched to a report of smoke showing from a possible shed fire. Upon arrival we confirmed that it was a working fire and were quickly informed by the neighbors that the owner had multiple turtles inside. The crew put the fire out and began removing approximately 10 turtles which included two large tortoises from the smoke filled shed. MFD carries oxygen masks that are specially designed to be used on animals and we used it to administer oxygen therapy. Unfortunately about half of the turtles didnt make it. The shed had been insulated and heated to house the turtles and it is believed that one of the heating elements started the fire.” Medina Fire Dept
Turtles are easily recognised by their bony, cartilaginous shell. This super-tough casing acts like a shield to protect them from predators – some turtles can even tuck their head up inside their shell for extra protection! Contrary to popular belief, a turtle cannot come out of its shell. The turtle’s shell grows with them, so it’s impossible for them to grow too big for it!