Cleveland zoo researchers find rare giant turtle in Vietnam

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Cleveland zoo researchers find rare giant turtle in Vietnam Wed Apr 16, 11:01 PM ET Researchers from the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo have discovered a rare giant turtle in northern Vietnam — a find that carries great scientific and cultural significance. Swinhoe's soft-shell turtle was previously thought to be extinct in the wild. Three other turtles of the species are in captivity, said experts from the Zoo's Asian turtle program. The discovery represents hope for the species, said Doug Hendrie, the Vietnam-based coordinator of the zoo program. Turtle expert Peter Pritchard, president of the Chelonian Research Institute, confirmed the find based on a photo Hendrie showed him. "It looked like pretty solid evidence. The animal has a pretty distinctive head," Pritchard said. There have been rumors for years of a mythical creature living deep in the waters of a northern Vietnam lake. Some in a village west of Hanoi claimed to be blessed by catching a glimpse of it's concave shell as it crested above the surface of their lake. A national legend tells of a giant golden turtle that bestowed upon the Vietnamese people
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