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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 09:37 PM

One of world's most endangered turtles dies, leaving 3 left

Source: CNN

One of world's most endangered turtles dies, leaving 3 left

By Serenitie Wang, CNN
Updated 0511 GMT (1311 HKT) April 15, 2019

Beijing (CNN) The last known female Yangtze giant softshell turtle has died in China, according to Chinese state media, potentially dooming the species to extinction.

The female turtle, believed to be more than 90 years old, died on Saturday more than 24 hours after local staff, together with international experts, attempted to artificially inseminate her, local newspaper the Suzhou Daily reported.

The paper said there were no complications from the attempted artificial insemination, but that a research team comprised of domestic and international experts would conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

The Suzhou Daily said the experts collected ovarian tissue samples and would store them "for future use."

The Wildlife Conservations Society (WCS) calls the Yangtze giant softshell turtle the world's most critically endangered turtle species, killed off due to hunting as well as habitat destruction.


Read more: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/15/asia/yangtze-giant-softshell-turtle-china-death-intl/index.html

The Yangtze giant softshell turtles thrive in muddy water and can weigh up to 90 kg (200 pounds) (Getty Images)

The male Yangtze giant softshell is now the only one of its species left in captivity (Getty Images)

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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 10:35 PM

1. That's sad, at 90, I'm sure she was too old to be inseminated.

That was likely an unnecessary stress on her.

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