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No. 271, 27th January 2017

1. South Africa: mountain tortoises rescued
SOURCE: - DATE: 24th January 2017

Nine mountain tortoises have been confiscated from Port Elizabeth homes (Eastern Cape, South Africa) since Friday (the 20th of January 2016), with five of the reptiles taken from a Rowallan Park house on the 23rd of January 2017. The Animal Anti-Cruelty League confiscated all the tortoises - two with holes in their shells for chains to stop them from wandering off. Animal Anti-Cruelty League animal rescue volunteer Suzette Ludeke said holes were usually drilled into the shells to use the tortoises to ward off evil spirits.

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Mountain tortoises

© F. Adriann

2. India: Olive Ridley turtle gets new life with plastic prosthetic flipper
SOURCE: – DATE: 24th January 2017

Miracles do happen. An Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), found with its front flippers severed after it was trapped in a fisherman's net, is set to swim once again, thanks to an artificial flipper that has been fashioned especially for her.

A veterinarian from Vakola (Mumbai, India) fitted the indigenously made plastic flipper to the female turtle, giving her a fresh lease of life.

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3. Vietnam: Chàm Islands try to rescue the green turtle
SOURCE: – DATE: 26th January 2017

A 40sq.m beach and water area on Chàm Island (Quang Nam province, Vietnam) will be restored and demarcated to protect and conserve Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas). The decision has been taken by the management board of the island's Marine Protected Area (MPA), in 2014 young coral reef was found growing in the area which is also only 20 km from the major tourism area of Hoi An in central Vietnam. Lê Xuân Ái, a researcher, told Việt Nam News that a scientific study will be undertaken in the area for three years (2017-2019) under the Green Turtle Conservation Project to ensure prolonged restoration of the endangered species.

As part of the plan some Green Turtle eggs from Con Dao Island of the southern coast of Vietnam will be moved and hatched on Cham Island in the long term hope of re-establishing a ocally nesting turtle population.

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Cham islands


Olive ridley sea turtle


4. The UK: Scan results 'good news' for health of stranded sea turtle

SOURCE: – DATE: 26th January 2017

A rare sea turtle discovered washed up on an Anglesey beach is closer to full health after scans revealed why she found it difficult to dive.

The turtle, nicknamed Menai, was taken to Hertfordshire's Royal Veterinary College amid concerns she might be unable to return to sea. Scans discovered Menai has gas on her lungs and is suffering lung damage.

Menai is the first Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) to be sighted in the UK since records began in 1748. She was severely hypothermic when found stranded near the zoo in November last year, around 15,000 miles from her usual habitat, which is normally warm and tropical waters primarily in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

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