A photo shows a sea turtle being taken care of in a pond after it was found stuck ashore in Soc Trang Province on May 9, 2016. Photo: Tran Thanh Phong/Thanh Nien
Officials in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang have rescued a rare sea turtle that was stuck on shore and almost ended up on a dinner table.
Some locals found the 40-kilogram olive ridley turtle Monday and planned to cook it without knowing it was a protected animal, local media reported.
On being informed, officials rushed to the spot and persuaded them to hand the animal over.
Local border guards are taking care of the turtle in a small pond and plan to put it back into the sea in a few days’ time.
An official said the turtle is not well, possibly because it has been ashore for too long.
The species is described as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Its population is threatened by various factors like by-catch while fishing, the commercial use of its eggs and coastal developments that damage its nesting beaches.