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Batagur River Turtle Rescue

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VIENNA, AUSTRIA (WDAM) - A zoo in Vienna is hoping to help save the Batagur River Turtle, one of the most endangered turtle species in the world.

The International Union of Conservation of Nature has ranked the Batagur as being critically endangered. They were once to be thought in Cambodia until they were rediscovered in 2001.

The zoo has been given four of the turtles from Bangladesh in the hope they can successfully breed them. So far, things are going well. One female has already laid eggs and another female is pregnant.

The turtle's meat and eggs are considered a delicacy in parts of Asia, which has been a significant factor in their decline in numbers.

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