In an emotional moment, two turtles and a penguin have been released into the wild after rehabilitation at an Australian zoo.
The footage, released by police on May 27, was filmed in the state of New South Wales in south-east Australia earlier this year.
Every few months, local Marine Area Command police work with Taronga Zoo to release seals, birds and turtles offshore.
The video shows two turtles and a penguin being loaded onto a police boat in large plastic buckets to be released a mile or two from shore.
One of the turtles wears a tracking device attached to its shell so experts can monitor its migration patterns.
New South Wales Police said: “Earlier this year our Marine Area Command joined our friends at Taronga Zoo in releasing some slippery marine life back into the wild. Some good teamwork if you ask us!”
Marine Area Command’s Travis Butler explained, “So today we’re meeting up with some of the Taronga Zoo staff and we’re going to pick up two sea turtles and a penguin.”
He also said: “Conditions are a bit rough at the moment but we have enough people on hand who should be able to successfully complete this operation.”
Admitting that “it feels really rewarding” and that it’s “one of the better parts of the job”, he added, “Taronga Zoo puts all the hard work into it and we can be there for the fun part of making it happen.” to see animals being released back into the wild.”
Butler said police work with Taronga Zoo every few months to release animals, including birds, seals, turtles and penguins, back into the wild.
The video ends with underwater footage of the animals released into the wild far from shore. The turtles may swim and then zoom out just after they are placed in the water.
The exact species of the penguin and sea turtles have not been disclosed.
This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.
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