Residents of the Oceanside neighborhood said they called police and the Humane Society when they saw the turtle, which was taped to some balloons, stuck in a tree, KGTV, San Diego, reported Thursday.
The fire department attempted a rescue about an hour later, but a gust of wind blew the turtle and its balloons back down to the ground.
The box turtle was freed by a Humane Society worker.
The Humane Society said the turtle was being cared for and officials were working to identify the owner, who they said could face animal abuse charges.
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