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'Extinct' turtle survives in Indian temple
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India https://www.independent.co.uk/environmen...53621.html India

An “extinct” species of turtle is being reintroduced to the wild after a small population was found flourishing in a pond at an Indian temple.

The black softshell turtle (Nilssonia nigricans) was declared extinct in the wild 17 years ago by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. However, in Hayagriva Madhav temple in Assam, these reptiles are believed to be a reincarnation of Hindu deity Vishnu and so they are protected.

Jayaditya Purkayastha, from conservation group Good Earth which is working to protect the remaining turtles at Hayagriva Madhav temple, told AFP: “There are plenty of turtles in the temple pond.

“The population of the turtle in Assam has gone down by a great extent. So we thought we needed to intervene and do something to save the species from extinction.”

Mr Purkayastha, who is working with authorities at the Hayagriva temple, released 16 black softshells in a nearby wildlife sanctuary for the first time in January this year.



Considering all the alarming predictions of how many species might go extinct in the near future, it's heartwarming to hear how one species thought lost has in fact survived :) .

Though, I suspect it's still threatened - so, let's hope the temple can save them from going extinct for real!
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I hope it doesn't gain unwanted attention from poachers and collectors upon its reintroduction to the wild.
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Same here. Given how rare it is, I don't expect many poachers will bother - but, collectors certainly could...
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Poachers kill gorillas and chimps all the time.
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