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Pollution killing endangered turtle

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 05 March 2011

Hundreds of people are working around the clock to clean up a lake in the heart of Vietnam’s capital in hopes of saving a rare, ailing giant turtle that is considered sacred.

Only 4 giant freshwater turtles are believed to be alive worldwide

Experts say pollution at Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake is killing the giant freshwater turtle, which has a soft shell the size of a desk. It is one of the world’s most-endangered species, with only four believed alive worldwide.

Teams of people are cleaning debris, pumping fresh water into the lake and using sandbags to expand a tiny island to serve as a “turtle hospital”. The rescuers may even try to net the animal for the first time as part of the effort.

The Hoan Kiem turtle is rooted in Vietnamese folklore, and some even believe the creature that lives in the lake today is the same mythical turtle that helped a Vietnamese king fend off the Chinese nearly six centuries ago.

It swims alone in the lake and in the past has been glimpsed only rarely sticking its wrinkled neck out of the water. But it has recently surfaced much more frequently, alarming the public with glimpses of raw open wounds on its head and legs. Continue reading Pollution killing endangered turtle

City of Lakes and Rivers

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems 18 January 2010

Municipal authorities in Ha Noi are taking steps to protect and improve their remaining city lakes.

Ha Noi

The city of Ha Noi was formed on the Hong River Delta, yet Ha Noi’s lakes have […]