Rare GOLDEN TURTLE Found in Nepal for First Time

Rare GOLDEN TURTLE Found in Nepal for First Time

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Animal rescuers have found a golden turtle in Nepal for the first the time. Residents now hail the unusual reptile as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, one of the principal deities of Hinduism.

NDTV reported that Mithila Wildlife Trust identified the turtle as an Indian Flapshell Turtle or Lissemys punctata andersoni. It has a rare genetic mutation that alters its body’s pigmentation. As a result, the turtle has a dazzling gold shell.

Chandradeep Sada, an animal keeper, rescued the reptile. He eventually posted some photos of it online. Hours later, the golden turtle have gone viral.

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Meanwhile, for Kamal Devkota, a reptile expert, the discovery has a deep spiritual significance.

“Not only golden animals, but turtles overall have significant religious and cultural value in Nepal. In Hindu mythology the upper shell of the turtle denotes the sky and lower shell denotes earth,” said Devkota.

Authorities have released the golden turtle back into the wild following the retrieval.

It is believed to be only the fifth time that a golden turtle of the said species has been spotted anywhere in the world.

In July, residents of Odisha’s Balasore district in India spotted a bright yellow turtle.

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