Live turtles taped to flying balloons in California

Turtle taped to balloon 
By: David Ross 

(Scroll down for video) People were shocked to see flying turtles attached to balloons over the skies of California.

California officials said they were trying to determine who attached the turtles to several balloons and sent them flying high in the sky.

Oceanside area residents said they called police and RSPCA after seeing the turtles, which were taped to some balloons, stuck in a tree.

The fire department attempted to rescue the turtles about an hour later, but a gust of wind sent the turtles and the balloons back to the ground.

The turtles were released by an employee of the Humane Society.

The Humane Society said the turtles were being treated and officials are working to identify the owner, who could face charges of animal abuse.