Cuttack: A rare turtle weighing more than 50 kilograms was rescued today from Dalijoda under Cuttack Forest Division.
As per reports the turtle got stuck to a fishing hook in an old pond and was immediately rescued by the forest officials.
The turtle was later brought to the Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) where vets removed the fishing hook through an operation.
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.
Vets at the OUAT said that the turtle has been handed over to the forest officials which will take a final call on its release.