The turtle in bright color was first spotted by residents of a village in the coastal Indian state of Odisha and handed over to the forest department. Wildlife experts claim the yellow turtle is probably an albino mutation of a common turtle.
Last summer, a rare yellow turtle was discovered in India and the strange animal is mesmerizing people all over the world. As Reuters reported, locals in Balasore first spotted the turtle. Footage of the animal, which at first glance seems more like a lemon than a reptile, has gone viral on the internet.
In Balasore (Odisha), India, a one-of-a-kind yellow turtle was rescued by residents from Sujanpur village in Soro block of Balasore district. After that, the residents called the Forest Department officials to the scene and handed over the turtle to them. Speaking about the unique animal, Bhanoomitra Acharya, Wildlife Warden, said that it was a unique discovery and he had never seen a specimen like this in his life.
“The whole shell and the body of the rescued turtle is yellow. This is a rare turtle, I have never seen one like this,” he said.
A month before, a rare species of Trionychidae turtle was caught by fishermen at Deuli Dam under the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha.
Later, it was released in Deuli dam by the forest department.
Trionychidae turtles are softshell turtles, which live in Africa, Asia, and North America.
As the forest department reported, the turtle had over 30 kilograms and its maximum life span is 50 years.