Balasore, July 20: A unique and rare yellow turtle was rescued by locals from Sujanpur village in Soro block of Balasore district on Sunday. The locals then called the Forest Department officials to the spot and handed over the turtle to them.

Speaking about the rescued reptile, Bhanoomitra Acharya, Wildlife Warden, said that it was a unique find and he had never seen a specimen like this before.

"The whole shell and the body of the rescued turtle is yellow. This is a rare turtle, I have never seen one like this," Acharya said. One of World's Rarest Turtles, Yangtze Giant Softshell Dies in Chinese Zoo; Rafetus Swinhoei Species Moves Close to Extinction (See Pictures).

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Last month, a rare species of Trionychidae turtle was caught by fishermen at Deuli Dam under the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. It was later released by the forest department in Deuli dam. Trionychidae turtles are softshell turtles, which are found in Africa, Asia, and North America.

According to the forest department, the turtle weighed more than 30 kilograms and its maximum life is 50 years.

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