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Turtle egg theft raises alarms

 Armed with AK-47s, a group stole 1,500 leatherback turtle eggs from their nests on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, a local protection group reported April 16.

“For weeks, we have been asking for help from the police because the threats against our personnel are constant,” said Vanessa Lizano, who leads a group of volunteers who try to protect the species and their young. The eggs “were just about to hatch.”

The armed group stole the eggs from 19 nests in Moin after holding up the volunteers at gunpoint.

“We ask the people to please not consume turtle eggs in order to end this market,” she told a local television station.

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