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NGO rescues very rare Golden Turtle

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Jaipur, A turtle of Indian Flapshell species that became Golden in colour due to partial loss in pigmentation was rescued from Chaksu, 35 kilometres from Jaipur. According to experts, this golden turtle was seen for the seventh time in the entire world. Earlier it was seen in Odisha (India) and Nepal. 

Experts said that this rare turtle was seen in Balasore city in Odisha and two months ago, it was sighted in Dhanushadham in Dhanusha district of Nepal. As per the belief of Dhanushadham residents Lord Vishnu took Kurma (turtle) avatar (incarnation) to save the universe from destruction. According to Hindu mythology, the upper shell of the turtle denotes the sky and lower part denotes earth. 

World Organisation, a Jaipur based NGO working in the field of environment and wildlife conservation received information on its helpline that a rare golden turtle was found near Chaksu. 

The director and former honorary wildlife warden Mansih Saxena said that animal husbandry department additional director Dr Prakash Chand Bhati called the helpline and informed that a turtle in yellow colour was found in a field near Kathwala pond in Chaksu and there could be danger to this turtle from other animals. 

He said immediate action was taken and the Golden Turtle was rescued with help of wildlife enthusiast Vishnu Jat and was handed over to deputy conservator of forest (wildlife) Upkar Borana of the Jaipur Zoo. 

Saxena said that this Golden Turtle is a species of Indian Flapshell turtle which is found in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar. This is also called Albino Turtle. This Indian Flapshell Turtle is fresh water turtle and it changes colour due to a rare genetic mutation called chromatic leucism which is caused due to loss of colour pigmentation and it starts looking golden.

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