Discovery of endangered female turtle provides hope for extremely rare species

 The world’s most endangered turtle species may now have a fighting chance, after a 3-foot-long (1 meter) female — a potential mate for the lone known male of the species — was discovered in Vietnam. 

Researchers from the Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) discovered the 182-pound (86 kilograms) turtle in Dong Mo Lake, in Hanoi’s Son Tay district, in October last year. They analyzed genes in her blood and have now confirmed she is a Swinhoe’s softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei), making her the second known living member of the species.

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