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Last Updated: Wednesday August 11 2010 05:25 GMT

Rare smuggled turtles moved to Bristol Zoo

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Turtles get a new home

Five rare turtles, which were in danger of being killed in China, have been given a new home in the UK.

The Malayan box turtles were found in Hong Kong, where smugglers were trying to sneak them over the border into neighboring China.

The creatures are very valuable in the Far East where they can be sold for their meat or used in medicine.

Now the turtles have been saved and taken to the UK, where they are living at Bristol Zoo Gardens.

Not much is known about the turtles and experts say they could be anything from 10 to 30 years old.

They are a threatened species in the wild, and normally live on the edge of shallow swamps, streams or ponds.