Endangered freshwater turtle rescued, returned to its habitat in Cagayan town
TUGUEGARAO CITY—An endangered soft-shelled turtle was returned to its natural habitat after it was rescued in Baggao town, Cagayan province recently.
Known as Cantor’s giant softshell turtle or frog-faced soft-shelled turtle, the freshwater turtle was released to a river at the village of Taguntungan.
This kind of turtle can grow up to at least 1.7 meters long and weigh at least 250 kilos, according to research.
The rescued turtle weighed about one-half kilogram and was about 22 centimeters long, said Frederick Tomas, Baggao municipal environment and natural resources officer.
Cantor’s giant softshell turtles are classified as endangered species by the International Union of Conservation of Nature due to its declining population.
The last known sighting of this turtle species in Cagayan Valley was in the Addalam River in Cabarroguis, Quirino in 2001.
Last week, Baggao officials also set free three serpent eagles, two Brahminy kites, and a Philippine north hawk-eagle.
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