Police appear to have saved a leatherback turtle from the butcher’s block.
Fuerza Pública officers flagged down a vehicle for inspection just before noon Thursday only to be met with gunfire. After a chase one person was caught when the vehicle was stopped, they said. A second man, presumed to be the gunman, fled, they said.
The big surprise came when officers found a live leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) in the trunk. They said they thought the men were going to slaughter the creature and sell the meat.
The incident happened on the Caribbean coast in La Bomba de Limón where police maintained a checkpoint. They also said that the vehicle involved has been reported stolen.
The turtle appeared to be unharmed, and it was to be returned to the sea.