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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.
    5 days

    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.
    5 days

    One still exists on one thai island close to the waterfall

  • Irena G.
    5 days

    It's going extinct because Asians keep eating it.

  • Yogesh B.
    5 days

    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.
    5 days

    Wow 😍

  • Margaret G.
    5 days

    Wow thank goodness they are safe

  • Heather W.
    5 days

    Hopefully they are successfully breeding there!!!

  • Alex X.
    5 days

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

  • McKenzie D.
    5 days

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

  • Rudra N.
    5 days

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

  • Rudra N.
    5 days

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

  • Kylie M.
    5 days

    😊

  • பிரதாப் ப.
    5 days

    add it to the list

  • Sip H.
    5 days

    In indonesia is many

  • Prabal B.
    5 days

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

  • Dina M.
    5 days

    not the adorable turtles!?!?

  • يازارع ا.
    5 days

    سبحان الله العظيم رب العرش العظيم يخلق مايشاء الله أكبر

  • Àbd J.
    5 days

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

  • Jordi V.
    4 days

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

  • Carol K.
    4 days

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