Rare yellow turtle spotted in India

A rare yellow turtle was spotted in Odisha on Sunday.
A rare yellow turtle was spotted in Odisha on Sunday. | Susanta Nanda/Twitter

A rare yellow turtle has been discovered and rescued by villagers in India’s Odisha’s Balasore district on this Sunday, ANI reported. Residents of Sujanpur village called the Forest Department Officials and handed over the turtle to the officials.

“The whole shell and the body of the rescued turtle is yellow,” Bhanoomitra Acharya, wildlife warden, said to ANI. “This is a rare turtle, I have never seen one like this.”

Indian Forest Services officer Susanta Nanda uploaded a video of the turtle swimming in water inside a container. “Most probably it was an albino,” Nanda tweeted. “One such aberration was recorded by locals in Sindh few years back.”

In another tweet, he posted a close-up picture of the turtle. “Mark the pink eyes, one indicative feature of albinism,” Nanda added.

Last month, a rare species of Trionychidae turtle was found by fishermen at Deuli Dam in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. These are softshell turtles found in Africa, Asia, and North America.

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