A dozen juvenile turtles have been released into a habitat created for them by employees of a Michigan utility.
Jackson-based Consumers Energy says the Blanding's turtles were placed Thursday in the Saginaw area.
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Two adult turtles were found last year along the path of the utility's Saginaw Trail Pipeline. The adult turtles were moved to a safe location and 12 eggs were laid. The eggs were placed in an incubator until they hatched. The young turtles were raised by a herpetologist over the winter.
Consumers Energy enhanced the area near where the adult turtles were found to give the juvenile turtles a better chance of survival.
Vice president of gas operations Charles Crews says the utility has safely relocated frogs, salamanders, snakes and other turtles from the pipeline's path.