The Indian Peacock softshell turtle aka Nilssonia hurum is a species of turtle found in South Asia and is listed on the IUCN Red List as a vulnerable species

A stroll to the fish market in Silchar resulted in the saving of a vulnerable species of Indian softshell turtle. This act of kindness was done by Dr Sarbani Giri, Head of the Department, Life Science and Bioinformatics and Dean, School of Life Sciences, Assam University, Silchar.

Dr Giri was out on her usual market stroll to buy fish, and there she witnessed a vendor trying to sell a turtle. The man was selling the live turtle in the market and even wanted to cut it into pieces to sell it.

The professor immediately recognised that the turtle was actually a rare and vulnerable species of Indian Peacock softshell turtle. She immediately took action by asking the vendor to sell the live turtle for a sum of Rs 4,000.

Her kind gesture moved the vendor who then gave it to Giri. She then bought the turtle to her house and proceeded to contact Cachar Forest Division in Silchar to take the turtle to a safe habitat.

This action has won the hearts of many social media users, some even commenting, “Salute to her kindfull heart n humanity,” while yet other commenting, “What Great person she is. Appreciate such broad and caring heart that she has Specially for Animals.”

The professor recognised that the turtle was a rare and vulnerable species of Indian Peacock softshell turtle. She immediately took action by asking the vendor to sell the live turtle for a sum of Rs 4,000.

Her kind gesture moved the vendor who then gave it to Giri. She then bought the turtle to her house and proceeded to contact Cachar Forest Division in Silchar to take the turtle to a safe habitat.

This action has won the hearts of many social media users, some even commenting, “Salute to her kindfull heart n humanity,” while yet other commenting, “What Great person she is. Appreciate such broad and caring heart that she has Specially for Animals.”



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