Last female Yangtze giant softshell turtle dies

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China's last female Yangtze giant softshell turtle. IMG_4243.jpg
China's last female Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) died on Saturday after an artificial insemination at the Suzhou Zoo in East China's Jiangsu province. Now, only three remain in the world.

An international research team carried out the fifth artificial insemination for the female turtle on Friday, but the animal did not recover from the procedure, even though researchers spent hours trying to save its life.

The dead female turtle is believed to be over 90 years old; Suzhou Zoo's male turtle is over 100 years old.

After the death, only three such animals remain in the world: One in the Suzhou Zoo, one in Dong Mo Lake west of Hanoi and one in Xuan Khanh Lake in Hanoi's outskirts.

The Yangtze giant softshell turtle is one of the world's largest known freshwater turtle species, and one of the world's 50 most threatened turtles.


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China's last female Yangtze giant softshell turtle. View attachment 269788
China's last female Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) died on Saturday after an artificial insemination at the Suzhou Zoo in East China's Jiangsu province. Now, only three remain in the world.

An international research team carried out the fifth artificial insemination for the female turtle on Friday, but the animal did not recover from the procedure, even though researchers spent hours trying to save its life.

The dead female turtle is believed to be over 90 years old; Suzhou Zoo's male turtle is over 100 years old.

After the death, only three such animals remain in the world: One in the Suzhou Zoo, one in Dong Mo Lake west of Hanoi and one in Xuan Khanh Lake in Hanoi's outskirts.

The Yangtze giant softshell turtle is one of the world's largest known freshwater turtle species, and one of the world's 50 most threatened turtles.


China's last female Yangtze giant softshell turtle. View attachment 269789
They are going extinct because of humans right? This is why I hate being a human sometimes.
 

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"the animal did not recover from the procedure, even though researchers spent hours trying to save its life."
I did not realize that artificial insemination was such a traumatic procedure.
 

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"the animal did not recover from the procedure, even though researchers spent hours trying to save its life."
I did not realize that artificial insemination was such a traumatic procedure.
My first thought was possibly complications from anesthesia.
 

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