Why’d A Turtle Cross The Road? To Lay Eggs On The Other Side

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP/CBSDFW) – A loggerhead turtle is safely back in the water in Florida after getting help from police officers and wildlife officials.

Key West police spokeswoman Alyson Crean said in a news release that someone called authorities early Wednesday after seeing the giant turtle laying eggs in a nest across a four-lane highway from the beach.

Crean says arriving officers blocked traffic while the turtle made her way back to the beach. But the entry into the water was blocked so she turned back to the road and began crossing again.

While two officers protected the turtle, Crean says other officers found the nest and contacted the Key West Sea Turtle Club for help.

The rescue group got the turtle in the water and relocated the nest to a safer area.

On Tuesday, a 200-pound loggerhead sea turtle was released off the Florida Keys after recovering at a Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida.

You can watch the turtle being set free in the video above.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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