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This temple in India is home to "extinct" turtles

These turtles may have disappeared from the wild, but they continue to live on at some Hindu temples in India... 🐢

This hindu temple is a shelter for turtles that are extinct in the wild

This temple is home to turtles that have disappeared from the wild: the black softshell turtle. Declared extinct in the wild in 2002, these aquatic turtles that are endemic to south Asia were the victims of hunting and the destruction of their habitat. But they continue to live on at some Hindu temples, like Hayagriva Madhav in Assam state. The turtle population is large here because the holy status of this pilgrimage site protects them. The fish and turtles in this pond are considered sort of like gods.

Many people come here to see the turtles. The crowds are bigger here than in the temple. Pranab Malakar, the manager of this sanctuary, recently teamed up with the NGO Good Earth to set up a reproduction program. In January 2019, 16 baby turtles raised at the temple were released in a neighboring nature reserve.

Although some hope remains for these turtles, it’s already too late for a similar species, the Yangtze giant softshell turtle. The last known female died on April 13, 2019 at a Chinese zoo. Turtles are among the world’s most endangered species. Nearly half of all turtle species are on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

06/12/2019 3:06 PMupdated: 06/12/2019 6:28 PM
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  • Dũng T.
    06/12/2019 15:13

    it look like the old one in west lake of my country. unfortunately, the last turtle died few years ago. it's an iconic animal that related to our culture. so sad

  • Nela Š.
    06/12/2019 15:16

    One still exists on one thai island close to the waterfall

  • Irena G.
    06/12/2019 16:03

    It's going extinct because Asians keep eating it.

  • Yogesh B.
    06/12/2019 16:32

    So Brut Nature... This is very Informatic but People should raise Awareness n do the Breeding of this Animal so that n be Reproduced n Populated again. Hope it does.

  • Nazmul H.
    06/12/2019 16:51

    Wow 😍

  • Margaret G.
    06/12/2019 16:58

    Wow thank goodness they are safe

  • Heather W.
    06/12/2019 17:23

    Hopefully they are successfully breeding there!!!

  • Alex X.
    06/12/2019 17:35

    Elementary my dear Watson! Turtle is turtle not god creature!!!

  • McKenzie D.
    06/12/2019 19:23

    Nope caught a huge one on the red river like 5 years back

  • Rudra N.
    06/12/2019 20:43

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurma?wprov=sfla1

  • Rudra N.
    06/12/2019 20:46

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayagriva_Madhava_Temple?wprov=sfla1

  • Kylie M.
    06/12/2019 23:39

    😊

  • பிரதாப் ப.
    06/13/2019 04:02

    add it to the list

  • Sip H.
    06/13/2019 04:11

    In indonesia is many

  • Prabal B.
    06/13/2019 04:19

    So why are you declaring this to the people who have killed it? Dont you have common sense?

  • Dina M.
    06/13/2019 05:05

    not the adorable turtles!?!?

  • يازارع ا.
    06/13/2019 13:07

    سبحان الله العظيم رب العرش العظيم يخلق مايشاء الله أكبر

  • Àbd J.
    06/13/2019 13:19

    In China they eat this kind of turtle for this reason they are extinct from the wild 💔

  • Jordi V.
    06/13/2019 15:06

    What a piece of shit continent Asia is ... fuck that place

  • Carol K.
    06/13/2019 15:12

    It’s good karma to care for and feed all animals in the Hindu religion so I can understand that!