Mayurbhanj: A softshell turtle was rescued by the forest department officials with the help of locals in Mayurbhanj on Monday.
Reportedly, a rare species of Trionychidae turtle was caught by fishermen in Zambhira Dam at Deuli range of Mayurbhanj district. As per reports, the turtle got stuck to a fishing net.
On being informed, forest officials reached the spot and the locals handed the aquatic animal to them. It was later released by the forest department in Deuli dam.
According to the forest department, the turtle weighed more than 30 kilograms and has a maximum life is 50 years.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List, the species – Indian softshell turtle – is considered to be vulnerable because of multiple threats to its survival such as loss of habitat, poaching and illegal trade.
The Trionychidae are a taxonomic family of a number of turtle genera, commonly known as Softshell turtles. Softshells include some of the world’s largest freshwater turtles, though many can adapt to living in highly brackish areas. Members of this family occur in Africa, Asia, and North America.