You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Turtles rescued after trekking to JFK Airport in Queens

ABC 7 New York logo ABC 7 New York 6/26/2021 Eyewitness News

Planes aren't the only regular arrivals at an airport in New York City.

Year after year, turtles return to John F. Kennedy Airport -- but this year they needed a little rescuing.

It's nothing new. Each year, the Port Authority's wildlife team looks out for hundreds of female terrapin turtles that come in from Jamaica Bay to lay eggs at the end of the runway.

HAPPY NEWS | Golden Retriever Chunk, missing for 2 weeks, rescued from Barnegat Bay

Since it's not good for anyone for a plane take off with a turtle crossing the runway, the wildlife teams keep busy remaining on the lookout for them.

The team collects the turtles and releases them in a safe place just outside the airport.


* More Queens news

* Send us a news tip

* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts

* Follow us on YouTube

Submit a News Tip


More From ABC 7 New York

ABC 7 New York
ABC 7 New York
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon