Vets examine 'sacred' turtle

2011-04-04 12:26

Hanoi - Vets are examining a giant turtle considered sacred by many Vietnamese to try to determine how to treat its wounds.

Tim McCormack, programme co-ordinator of the Asian Turtle Programme, said tests are being run on Monday to try to pinpoint what's ailing the creature that has a shell the size of a desk. Only four are believed to be living worldwide.

It took 50 workers two hours on Sunday to net the turtle, put it in a cage and pull it to a small island in Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake that was recently expanded and equipped with a small pond.

It is the first time anyone has captured the creature, which escaped through two nets during a similar rescue attempt last month.

Many Vietnamese believe that it is a mythical creature.

  • Flee - 2011-04-04 13:32

    Only 4 left in the world... Hope they can help the animal.. Would be a terrible loss to have another one die and bring them closer to extinction... Horrible.

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