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A Turtle is brought back from extinction

Conservationists are known for providing a lot of good news. A giant Asian river turtle (In the Burmese roofed turtle) who’s bug-eyed face is automatically set in a goofy grin as they have cause for love and celebration. Just 21 years ago, the species was presumed extinct. But after the rediscovery some surviving animals, over the past few years, researchers have produced the population to nearly 1,000 animals in captivity, some of which have been successfully released into the wild in Myanmar.

Turtles are amniotes as they breathe air and lay their eggs on soil, although many species live in or around water or seawater. These creatures have an exceedingly long life span. Named Tu” I Malila, of Tonga Island (the oldest ever recorded), passed away at the grand old age of 188.

The good thing was that the species wasn’t extinct, reigniting hope for it. Forest Department and the Wildlife Conservation Society to set up a conservation stewardship program to annually hire nearby villagers to fence off the beach, watch for nesting turtles, and carefully excavate the eggs. Later, the Turtle Survival Alliance also connect with the village partnership. After the scientists released 50 turtles from captivity, all wild female reptiles including one that had never laid fertile eggs before start producing viable younger ones.

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