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No. 267, 30th December 2016

1. Uttar Pradesh, India: Two men held with over 1,900 tortoises
They were taking the consignment of the tortoises in 43 sacks from Sultanpur in a pickup van.
SOURCE: – DATE: 28th December 2016

According to police two persons were arrested on Wednesday with over 1,900 tortoises, worth Rs 60 lakh ($883,327), recovered from their possession in Varanasi, Uttra Pradesh, India. The tortoises were being smuggled to West Bengal (India) from Uttar Pradesh's Sultanpur district. Acting on a tip off, police intercepted a vehicle near Dafi Toll Plaza in Lanka police station area and nabbed two men with 1,959 tortoises worth Rs 60 lakh value in International market, they said.

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South America Yellow-footed tortoise



2. The USA: Tortoise that acts like a puppy wins hearts at wildlife rehab centre
SOURCE: – DATE: 25th December 2016

Master Oogway, the newest resident at thePelican Harbor Seabird Station in Miami, Florida, the USA is a foot-stool sized South American Yellow-footed Tortoise(Chelonoidis denticulata). Just don't tell Master Oogway that.

The tortoise, found wandering around Doral by state wildlife officers in October, acts more like a puppy. His presence highlights a worsening problem: what to do with injured, non-native wildlife. With so many discarded animals in South Florida threatening the state's native wildlife - pythons, tegus and iguanas all started as pets - the centre hopes the wise tortoise can become a mascot for responsible pet ownership and help define the centre's mission to rehab and release only native species.

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3. Vietnam: Release of sea turtle back to the wild
SOURCE: – DATE: 28th December 2016

On the 28th of December 2016, local authority of Ngu Loc commune, Hau Loc district, Thanh Hoa province confirmed that a local fisherman had caught and released a sea turtle back to the sea. The fisherman named Nguyen Van Lien found a turtle entangled in his fishing net when going fishing at Nghe An beach. He took the turtle on board to take care of it. Realizing that the turtle was in good health. Mr. Lien released the turtle back to the sea. The turtle was more than 70 kg in weight and 1.5 m in length.

ATP NOTE: As seen from the picture, the turtle appears to be a Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).

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sea turtle


4. Malaysia woman helping tortoise back into water slips into lake, dies
SOURCE: – DATE: 29th December 2016

A woman died after she slipped into a lake when she tried to help a tortoise nearby get back into the water.<

Madam Chin Ah Looi, 57, was found dead with a bleeding wound on her body at the lake of a recreational park in the morning of the 28th of December 2016. The homemaker, who was the wife of assistant state legal adviser Teoh Chin Chong, would often visit the recreational park near their home in Bandar Seri Botani. According to what he learnt from his wife's friends, Madam Chin spotted a tortoise while she was jogging beside the lake. "She wanted to release the tortoise back into the lake. That’s when she slipped and fell into the water," said Mr Teoh.

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Rafetus swinhoei


5. Vietnam: The Hoan Kiem turtle preservation would be completed after the scheduled date
SOURCE: – DATE: 30th December 2016

According to Dr. Phan Ke Long, Vice Director of Vietnam National Museum of Nature, the preservation of Hoan Kiem turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) carcass is expected to be completed by the end of 2017, one year behind the scheduled date. The main reason for this slow process is due to the large size and unique nature of the specimen. The Hoan Kiem turtle is 2.08 m in length, 1.08 in width and 169kg in weight, one of biggest specimens that has been preserved so far. The preservation of the turtle carcass has been carried out by German experts since April 2016. Now, experts are making a frame, structure and material for the specimen. Also, they are working on the turtle eyes, one of the most important parts of the specimen.

Mr. Long added that materials and equipment for species preservation like the huge glass box to specimen display were purchased from foreign countries. It is projected that the preservation would be completed by the end of 2017.

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