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Several tortoises rescued from local reptile sanctuary

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Several tortoises had to be rescued Friday morning from a local reptile sanctuary due to the weather.

Once the flooding started, the tortoises had to be pulled from their burrows according to Kristy Baker with the Phoenix Herpetological Society,

Baker said one of the 10 tortoises that share the same burrow underground will come up to experience the rain, which blocks the rest of the tortoises in.

They then had to go and rescue all of the tortoises because of the water filling up the area. The tortoises then sat out in the rain.

The next step was to drain out an enclosure that would have had some tortoises float away down the river.

There was also a turtle pond overflowing and Baker mentioned keeping an eye on anyone outdoors when the flooding occurs, including crocodiles and lizards.

Last week, a Phoenix-area fire crew rescued a 10-foot python during a big storm.