Rescuers to capture sacred turtle

2011-03-08 08:26

Hanoi - Thousands of people are cramming around a lake in Vietnam's capital to see rescuers pull out a rare turtle for medical treatment.

The giant freshwater turtle has sparked near panic after photos were taken of it surfacing with open sores covering parts of its wrinkled neck and legs. Lesions also were visible on its shell.

The turtle is a famous character in Vietnamese folklore, and many people believe it is magical.

A small island in the lake has been expanded with sandbags to form a platform large enough for the turtle to rest. After it did not emerge on its own, workers waded chest-deep Tuesday in the chilly murky water to try to net the creature and drag it to the island.

Only four such turtles are known to be living worldwide.

  • mots - 2011-03-08 09:20

    Pity they don't show the same copmpassion for Rhino's that are being slaughtered for their unscientific idiotic believe of cures for ailments

  • DownTheDrain - 2011-03-08 10:13

    Only four, why, if they are so sacred then they should stop eating and killing them. The mentality of some people is amazing.

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