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This little lady was almost recycled after being thrown in the bin

Nora Barnacle the turtle was discovered by recycling plant workers in Clondalkin.

Tortoise2 Meet Nora. Source: Greyhound

THE DSPCA ARE nursing an injured terrapin back to the health after she was found in rubbish due to be recycled in Dublin.

The animal, who suffered a fractured shell, was discovered by workers at a Greyhound recycling plant in Clondalkin.

It is believed the turtle, nicknamed Nora Barnacle by DSPCA staff, was dumped in a bin in the city centre area of Dublin.

However, it is impossible to trace where exactly she came from.

tortoise1 Nora's injuries. Source: Greyhound

Greyhound passed the animal on to DSPCA, and she was rushed to a hard-shell specialist in Bray.

It is believed Nora is around five or six. Gillian Bird from the DSPCA said the turtle “in quite a bad way”, having been damaged in machinery before she was found.

Her shell was cracked, posing a risk of dangerous infection.

Bird added that Nora appears to have been dumped, but appealed to anyone who is missing a turtle to come forward.

She added that if anyone finds themselves in the situation where they can no longer look after a pet, and rescue centres are unable to accept them, to contact their local vet to explore other options.

A spokesperson for Greyhound said a kitten was previously found among rubbish at the recycling plant, and was adopted by a member of staff.

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