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No. 284, 24th April 2017

1. India: Batagur kachuga Confiscation
SOURCE: – DATE: 21st April 2017

On the 20th of March, Shailendra Singh from TSA India reported the confiscation of 23 critically endangered Red-crowned Roofed Turtles, (Batagur kachuga), destined for foreign markets. Confiscated from two poachers linked with an illegal international wildlife trade network in the Uttar Pradesh state of India, the extremely rare turtles were immobilized with packaging supplies and stuffed into suitcases, bound for Chennai on India’s southeast coast.

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Batagur kachuga


2. China: Pair fined after releasing US-native alligator snapping turtle into Yunnan river
SOURCE: - DATE: 24th April 2017

Two men who bought a turtle not native to China and illegally set it free in Southwest China's Yunnan Province were fined 2,000 yuan ($290), local police said Sunday.

Wang, a tourist from Chengdu, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, bought the Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii) on the 29th of March 2017 to save it from being eaten and set it free in a river in the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture (the south of Yunnan province, China) the next day accompanied by a local, surnamed Yang, according to local police. Netizens reported what they had done after Yang posted photos of it on WeChat. Police found Yang on the 2nd of April, who told them he didn't know it was illegal to release the turtle - which is native to the US and considered an invasive species in China. Local police discovered on Saturday that the freed turtle had already been caught and cooked after days of searching with Yang's help. The two were dealt with leniently and fined 2,000 yuan, according to local police.

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3. The UK: Tortoise stuck between Dudley homes leaves fire crew with painstaking task
SOURCE: – DATE: 23rd April 2017

Fire crews may be well versed in rescuing cats but tortoises can prove just that little bit trickier.

When one reptile got wedged between houses in Dudley, firefighters knew they faced a marathon, not a sprint. As pictures of the operation show, the UK's West Midlands Fire Service also knew they needed a big stick - although the carrot approach remained untested. With the rescue a success, the five-year-old tortoise was reunited with its owner.

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rescued tortoise


Chelonia mydas


4. Vietnam: Turtle rescued in the coastal Vietnam
SOURCE: - DATE: 25th April 2017

On the 25th of April 2017, the authorities of Ky Anh communes, Ha Tinh province, Vietnam, in collaboration with residents released a 4.3kg marine turtle back to the wild.

Earlier, at 8:00 on the 23rd of April 2017, Mr. Tran Xuan Quan (a resident of Ha Tinh province) caught a sea turtle while fishing. Hearing the news, some traders offered to buy it, but he turned down the offer. He informed the case to the local authorities and collaborated with the authorities to release it back to the sea.

As seen from the picture, the turtle appears to be a Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas).

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5. The Cayman Islands: Carnival under pressure to ditch 'cruel' turtle excursion
SOURCE: - DATE: 26th April 2017

A petition has been launched to force Carnival Cruise Lines to stop featuring a 'cruel' turtle attraction in the Cayman Islands.

World Animal Protection has launched a petition urging the cruise giant to put the welfare of endangered sea turtles 'ahead of profit' and stop sending passengers to Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter. It says the attraction endangers sea turtles by keeping them in 'shocking conditions'.

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abused turtle



6. The UK: How to mend a tortoise’s broken shell
SOURCE: – DATE: 27th April 2017

Dora the giant tortoise had broken her shell - so how did vets go about patching her up?

Watch the video to see how vets in Paignton Zoo (Paignton, Devon, the UK) made treatment for this creature.

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