Trio return turtle to its habitat

Trio return turtle to its habitat

Akash Hegde, Kenneth Harsha and Anil purchased the turtle which was caught by a fisherman in the backwater of Tunga reservoir near Gajanur. The animal was weighing 13.5 kg. They purchased the animal by offering Rs 2,000 to the fisherman.

They handed over the animal to the Forest Department and it was later released to a tank near Agumbe.  Forest Department officials told Deccan Herald that the turtle is rarely sighted as its population has dwindled owing to poaching and loss of habitation

Fishermen said they happen to net the turtle once in three-four years.  Kenneth Harsha and his friends visited the fishermen hamlet near Gajanur and urged them not to poach the turtle.

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