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| Last Updated:: 03/10/2019

Freshwater turtles rescued from well in Tirunelveli

 

 

 

 

 

Two fresh water turtles were rescued from a well, which was not in use for more than 10 years. The turtles were found when Moorthi, owner of the house situated in Aroma Nagar near Tuckerammalpuram in Tirunelveli started desilting work in the 30ft well. Forest livestock inspector, R Arnold, who headed the rescue said that a female softshell turtle was rescued on Tuesday and a male on Wednesday.

 

 

“We don’t know how they came there and how they survived. There was only about half a foot of water and a lot of slush in the well,” Arnold said and added that the turtles were moving too fast, making it difficult to catch them. A team of forest personnel led by Tirunelveli range officer Karuppaiah took the turtles to the Gangaikondan spotted deer sanctuary and released them in a pond. Labourers engaged in desilting work have been asked to be careful as officials suspect that there could be more turtles at the bottom of the well. TNN

 

 

 

The turtles were found when Moorthi, owner of the house situated in Aroma Nagar near Tuckerammalpuram in Tirunelveli, started desilting work in the 30ft well

 

 

 

 

Source: The Times of India, 03 October 2019, Chennai.