SHORT TAKES : British Mothers Know Turtles

FROM TIMES WIRE SERVICES

Princess Diana says turtle-mania has reached a couple of young royals she knows.

Diana opened a new unit at a Liverpool children's hospital Tuesday and discussed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with another mother. The cartoon stars are called Hero Turtles in Britain.

Lynne Faulkner told Diana that her 5-year-old son, John, checked in for his operation at Alder Hey Hospital with a stuffed version of one of the turtles.

"The princess laughed and said 'Yes, the turtles have taken over our household,' " Faulkner said.

Diana and her husband, Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, have two sons, Harry, 5, and William, 8.

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