Giant turtle rescued from Louisiana culvert

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB/CNN) – A wrestling match pitting a man against one monster of a turtle unfolded in a drainage canal.

The battle was for the animal’s well-being.

The turtle even looks a bit troubling tucked inside this kiddie pool.

Take it out and you’ll see it’s an alligator snapping turtle – with a head as big as a football.

“You’re looking at about a four foot long turtle,” Martin LeBlanc said.

Travis Lewis first spotted the turtle when peeking into this canal near his driveway.

“It looked like a log. So I took a closer look and it was a big ole turtle. So I jumped up screaming and hollering for Martin to come help me,” Lewis said.

“I thought something had him,” LeBlanc said.

“I’m like Martin – come help me! Come help me,” Lewis said.

“I didn’t know what was going on,” LeBlanc remembers.

“I’m sorry man! (laughs),” Lewis jokes.

What looked like a log to Travis, looked like something much different to his buddy Martin.

“I’m from Pierre Part – I was thinking dinner!” Lewis said.

But they soon figured out – this was a turtle in trouble.

“He was wedged in a culvert. And one of our friends actually climbed in the culvert and pulled the turtle out. He was wedged in real tight,” LeBlanc said.

45 minutes later, they had it free. And they quickly spread a word of warning — stay clear of its head.

“Because once it latches on to you, it’s not going to let go. It’s almost like an alligator. Once it latches on to you, it’s going to take whatever it bites with it,” LeBlanc said.

The men have decided a big turtle soup is not on the menu. They’re going to set it free, once they find a spot big enough.

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