Woman’s UWS apartment now home to 620 turtles

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TO GO WITH AFP STORY Philippines-animal-zoo,FEATURE by Mynardo Macaraig In a picture taken on June 20, 2012, red-eared slider turtles are seen at an enclosure at the Manila Zoo. The historic Manila Zoo, once a major attraction of the Philippines, now finds itself the target of criticism for the condition of its animals, particularly its "star", an elephant named Mali. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS        (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

An example of a red-eared slider (NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (PIX11) – An Upper West Side woman — much to her surprise — is now fostering more than 600 turtles after a Department of Environmental Conservation bust in Chinatown.

Lorri Cramer, who helps rehabilitate turtles with the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society, was under the impression she was helping 52 red-eared sliders escape being euthanized, but instead officials showed up at her door with 650, according to the New York Post.

Thirty of the turtles have already died, and the rest of the small sliders are living in plastic bins.

Cramer told the paper she has no idea what she’s going to do with the turtles; they’re too small to be sold and can’t legally be released into the wild.