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Sat May 8, 2021, 08:13 PM

Las Vegas teen helps save desert tortoises, one balloon at a time

Look closely in the desert foothills a few miles northwest of Las Vegas, and you might see shades of color dotting the cloudless landscape of cactus and mounds of dirt with mountains to the west.

On a Saturday morning in April, a few miles from the nearest road, deflated Mylar balloons stuck to plants can be mistaken for colorful flowers.

A year and a half ago, Christian learned that desert tortoises often mistake balloons for flowers and eat them. Itís a potentially deadly mistake for the species found in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts and listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.The goal of the Desert Balloon Project is to raise awareness about the issue and urge people not to release Mylar balloons into the air ó something most people donít think twice about.

For now, Christian has no plans to stop hiking on Saturday mornings, picking up stray balloons from the desert and protecting tortoise lives in the process.

https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/las-vegas-teen-helps-save-desert-tortoises-one-balloon-at-a-time/

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Sat May 8, 2021, 08:23 PM

1. Kudos to Christian.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #1)

Sat May 8, 2021, 08:52 PM

2. With all the parties and weddings in Vegas, a lot of balloons end up in the adjacent desert.

This kid is a desert angel.


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Response to SunSeeker (Reply #2)

Sat May 8, 2021, 08:58 PM

3. He is and we need more like him.

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