World Turtle News, 03/15/2017
Critically Endangered Batagur baska From Breeding Program in India Rescued From a Local Market
The species Batagur baska is a critically endangered chelonian which is known as one of the largest turtles in Asia. When one of these animals showed up at a local market, it raised some questions and the authorities swiftly intervened. It was discovered that a local fisherman captured the turtle which was already equipped with a radio-tracking device and was attempting to sell it at the market, but this turned many people away from purchasing the animal. This was fortunate for the turtle because it turns out that it was part of a breeding program organized by the Karamjal Wildlife Breeding Centre. It was passed on to a park ranger where it will be re-released in to a river in the Sundarbans after a thorough inspection.
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