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Indian temple helps nurture ‘extinct’ turtle back to life

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12.06.2019

THE black softshell turtle is officially extinct in the wild, but a centuries-old Indian temple and its nature-loving caretaker are helping the creature make a tentative comeback.

The northeastern state of Assam was once rich in freshwater turtles, but habitat loss and over-exploitation — they were once a popular local food — have massively depleted their population.

The black softshell turtle was declared extinct in the wild in 2002 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, while the Indian softshell turtle and the Indian peacock softshell turtle are classified as vulnerable.

SEE ALSO: Crawling to extinction: Singapore turtle haven fights for life

But all the while, the pond........

© Asian Correspondent