08 Jun '11, 8pm

We just opened a conservation center in Cambodia to protect the endangered Cantor's giant soft-shell turtle via @yahoosg

SAMBOUR, Cambodia (AP) — An extremely rare soft-shell turtle species has a new, protected home in Cambodia. The critically endangered Cantor's giant soft-shell turtle is one of the rarest freshwater turtles in the world. Scientists last saw one in the Cambodian wild in 2003, and small numbers have been seen in neighboring Laos, while it appears to have disappeared from Vietnam and Thailand. U.S.-based Conservation International said it opened the Mekong Turtle Conservation Center on Wednesday in Kratie province, 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of Phnom Penh. A 40-pound (18-kilogram) female turtle and six babies were released into the conservation pond at a Buddhist pagoda on the Mekong River at the center's launch. The ceremony was attended by six Buddhist monks — who blessed the female turtle by painting scared markings on her body — and more than 100 villagers. "Our...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/center-opens-protect-rare-turtle...

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