- Title: Dozens of turtles found dead in Indian pond
- Date: 27th June 2020
- Summary: VADODARA, GUJARAT, INDIA (JUNE 27, 2020) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) POND PEOPLE ON BOAT PEOPLE TAKING OUT TORTOISE CARCASSES FROM POND PEOPLE PUTTING CARCASSES IN SACKS TO BE TAKEN FOR POSTMORTEM (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) FOREST OFFICER, VADODARA, NIDHI DAVE, SAYING: "When we got the information, our rescue workers went there and took out the carcasses. After this, we did the postmortem. We are now sending the viscera to a forensic science lab in Surat. Based on their report we will finalise the reason for their deaths. We found some burn marks on the turtles. Some turtles also lost their head due to burning. These are the things we have observed." POND
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- Keywords: India Vadodara animals environment fishes fishing turtles wildlife
- Location: VADODARA, GUJARAT, INDIA
- City: VADODARA, GUJARAT, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Environment,Nature/Wildlife
- Reuters ID: LVA001CK5AAFJ
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As many as 31 soft shell turtles were found dead in a pond in India's western Vadodara city on Saturday (June 27).
The turtles carcasses were discovered floating by a person jogging near the pond in the evening and he informed the authorities about the incident.
Kamla Nagar Pond, although small in size, is known to accommodate the vulnerable species of turtles. The forest department sent the carcasses for postmortem after recovering them from the pond.
Forest Officer, Vadodara, Nidhi Dave said, they found burn marks on the turtles and some necks were also broken. The forest department is expecting a foul play in the matter, suspecting that someone put explosives in the water body for fishing purposes.
Soft shell turtles are categorised under vulnerable categories of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. They are also protected under Schedule I of Indian Wildlife Protection Act (IWPA).
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