Rare Yellow Albino Turtle Rescued in Odisha

A local school teacher from the Chandbali block of Bhadrak district rescued a rare yellow coloured turtle. The forest officials confirmed the news and further informed that the unique yellow turtle weighed about 2 kgs. The school teacher informed the local forest officials and handed over the turtle to them. People gathered in large numbers at his house to see the rare turtle. Later, the forest officials released the turtle in the Baitarani River.

“An albino Indian flap shell turtle (Lissemy’s Punctata) was rescued from Baitarani River on July 12 from Chandbali Wildlife Range. It was released after consulting a veterinarian, principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF), wildlife, Shashi Paul said.

In a similar incident last year, a yellow coloured turtle was rescued in the Balasore region of Odisha. The yellow turtle, which was quite a rare sighting in India, was handed over to the forest department officials. Locals from the Sujanpur village in Soro block of Balasore district had rescued the animal.

Susanta Nanda, an Indian Forest Services (IFS) officer, had posted a video of the yellow turtle swimming in water from his Twitter account. He also shared a close-up shot of the turtle that highlighted the pink eyes. According to him, pink eyes are one of the indicative features of albinism.

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