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Although it has lived in Hoan Kiem Lake for more than 100 years, the lake is no longer proving to be a safe habitat for the giant turtle. Water levels are low, and the water itself is heavily polluted by industrial runoff. The animal's wounds were likely caused by hooks from illegal fishing and small but bullying red-eared slider turtles (Trachemys scripta elegans), which were probably released into the lake after locals grew tired of keeping them as pets. The aggressive red-ears are listed as one of the 100 worst invasive species by the Invasive Species Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).

There are only three other R. swinhoei known to exist in the world: two in China and one in another lake in Hanoi. The species was named one of the 25 most endangered turtles in an IUCN report in February. Cu Rua's gender is not currently known.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/bl...-tu-2011-04-06
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GO TURTLE GOOOO

somebody will grab it.
    
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Save it!

Soft shelled turtles are fascinating.
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Wow, if there really are only three other left I'd say the species is functionally extinct already. This guy just needs a little....Turtle Power!
 
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Sad to see/hear about all the terrible people in the world that don't give a **** about animals. I want inflect the same amount of pain they did to the animals they killed.
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Junk article! It's from SA......oh wait
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Junk article! It's from SA......oh wait
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Wow, if there really are only three other left I'd say the species is functionally extinct already. This guy just needs a little....Turtle Power!
No, we take it's DNA, and get them to breed after taking it, if not, we breed new ones ourselves.
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