Could new turtle movie affect the UK ecosystem?
ENGLAND – From the little pond, to the big screen, conservationists in England are concerned about an environmental shell shock.
With the new Ninja Turtles movie out, they’re concerned about people buying red-eared pet turtles and releasing them into the wild.
Back in the 1990s, when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became popular, kids rushed to snatch the half-shelled action figures off store shelves.
Along with the toy sales, as many as 250,000 red-eared turtles were exported across the pond, and into British pet stores.
The problem is, when the turtles got too big, people released them into the wild.
Poor turtles stuck to fend for themselves in an unfamiliar environment, and had to change their diet.
The turtles began to eat ducks, small water birds, and other aquatic animals, which eventually, began to throw nature off course in the UK.
Now the Brits are worried history will repeat itself and further damage the ecosystem because of the new Ninja Turtle movie.
Only time will tell, especially since the race for information from turtles is painstakingly slow.