That's something you don't see every day. 

This big guy is actually a threatened species here on our planet. Which means they're vulnerable to endangerment in the near future.So Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals wanted to be extremely careful when removing it from a pipe in a new residential development in Hockley. This is actually a photo of an alligator snapping turtle and he weighed in at an impressive 53 pounds.

Fire-rescue crews used a spreader to open the pipe enough to remove the turtle, which had struggled to keep its head above water. Several drowned alligator snapping turtles flowed from the newly unblocked pipe. Another turtle was rescued as well, but that one had some pretty serious wounds. They will both return to the wild after a recovery period.

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