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No. 279, 24th March 2017

1. Thailand: 'Piggy Bank' turtle dies after swallowing 915 coins
SOURCE: - DATE: 21st March 2017

The Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) nicknamed "Piggy Bank" has died after vets in Thailand removed 915 coins from her stomach earlier this month. The coins were good luck pennies thrown into the pond where the 25-year-old animal lived. Locals gave her the name "Om Sin" which translates to "Piggy Bank."

She was thought to be recovering well after the seven-hour surgery when 11 pounds of coins were recovered by vets at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. But on Sunday night she was found to be breathing too slowly and was taken to intensive care with a serious intestinal infection. She underwent emergency surgery Monday but slipped into a coma and died Tuesday morning (the 21st of March 2017).

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2. India: Over 5,000 turtle hatchlings released into sea in Krishna
SOURCE: – DATE: 19th March 2017

An unprecedented number of more than 5,000 Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchlings were released into the Bay of Bengal along the coastline of Krishna district (Andhra Pradesh, India) by mid-March, apart from conserving 88,544 turtle eggs through the in situ conservation method.

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3. Vietnam: Unique Sơn Trà Reserve under threat
SOURCE: - DATE: 24th March 2017

The Sơn Trà Nature Reserve – the green lung of Đà Nẵng (central of Vietnam) - will turn into a desert, and the world's biggest population of Red-shanked Douc Langurs (Pygathrix nemaeus) will become extinct unless rapid development of hotels and resorts there is stopped.

ATP NOTE: A number of endangered tortoise and freshwater turtle species are also recorded in the nature reserve.

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4. Bangladesh: Survival in the Sundarbans
SOURCE: – DATE: 23rd March 2017

With each passing year's arrival of Spring in the Sundarbans (Bangladesh), a time of critical importance emerges for the beleaguered Northern River Terrapin (Batagur baska), one of the most imperilled species of chelonian on our planet. Listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, the Northern River Terrapin has seen dramatic declines throughout its entire range and is now either extinct or functionally extinct in most of its former haunts. The decimation of this species, coupled with the continued pressures on the remaining wild specimens preserves B. baska's standing as a top priority species for the Turtle Survival Alliance.

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5. The UK: The tortoise that thinks it’s a puppy: Excitable pet reptile chases a ball around the room like a dog
SOURCE: – DATE: 24th March 2017

An adorable pet tortoise has been filmed chasing a ball around the room like a puppy.
The cute reptile, named Bubba, excitedly runs after the purple toy exactly like a pet dog would do.
It crawls - with surprising speed - around its owner's lounge in the short clip.

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