|Rare turtle rescued at Kukurmara|
MIRZA, Sept 19 - A rare turtle was rescued on Saturday at Jiakur No.1 village under Kamrup West Forest Division. Some villagers found the turtle and handed it over to forest personnel. The turtle is currently in the custody of the Guwahati Wildlife Division.
DFO, Guwahati Wildlife Division, Jayanta Deka said the turtle was found on Friday by some teenagers who released it in a pond. Forest officials extensively searched the area, fearing that the turtle could be killed by miscreants. Local villagers were also alerted.
On Saturday, the turtle, which weighs 8-10 kg, was rescued by some villagers who handed it over to the personnel of Kukurmara Forest Beat Office.
Forest officials said it is an Indian peacock softshell turtle (Nilssonia hurum), which is listed by the IUCN as a vulnerable species. It is mainly found in India and Bangladesh.