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Huế national park gets rare tortoise

Update: September, 26/2017 - 13:00
Bạch Mã National Park’s rescue centre staff is releasing the tortoise into nature. — Photo Courtesy of Bạch Mã National Park
Viet Nam News

THỪA THIÊN-HUẾ — Bạch Mã National Park in the central province of Thừa Thiên- Huế received a rare tortoise, listed as a vulnerable species at the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The park’s rescue centre received the tortoise last weekend, from a volunteer of the Hà Nội-based Asian Turtle Programme, a regional programme that focuses on research and conservation of tortoises and freshwater turtles.

The tortoise was found wandering into the home of a family in the neighbouring Đà Nẵng City, before the family caught it and gave it to the volunteer of the Asian Turtle Programme.

According to staff at the rescue centre, the tortoise is a healthy male impressed tortoise, which has scientific name of Manouria impressa, weighing 2kg.

The centre’s staff released the reptile into nature at the Bạch Mã National Park.

Earlier this year, the centre rescued and released a large number of wild animals back to nature, including three tortoises. — VNS

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