Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close

TUCSON, Ariz. — Some Tucson-based Border Patrol agents are being credited with rescuing two sacred tortoises from a mining pit on the Tohono O'odham Nation.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection say the agents were patrolling the Chukut Kuk District when they discovered two Sonoran Desert tortoises trapped in a 10-foot hole under thick debris.

Officials with the Tohono O'odham Nation's Department of Natural Resources were called and they took custody of the area.

The Sonoran Desert tortoise is considered sacred by many members of the southern Arizona tribe.

Border Patrol officials say they consider preserving the natural landscape an important priority.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Associated Press,

share this story:
Attention KTAR.com Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.
  • Family in Focus

    KTAR spends the week taking a look at the issues a modern Arizona family faces.