TSA India to the Rescue!

TSA India conservationist Rishika Dubla reports that over 1500 Indian Flapshell Turtles (Lissemys punctata) were seized this morning near Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, through a joint operation between the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (Police Department) and Uttar Pradesh Forest and Wildlife Department.

An Indian Flapshell Turtle rests in front of the burlap sacks they were rescued from in Lucknow.

A truck was intercepted by the team where the animals, apparently taken from a wetland complex of Etawa and Mainpuri, had been stuffed into 43 burlap gunny sacks. Two men were apprehended in the seizure and the animals were transported to the Kukrail Gharial and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre.

Poachers had stashed 1,500 Indian Flapshell Turtle for shipment.

Our TSA India team assisted with the primary handling and veterinary triage at the center, where the cohort will be evaluated with closer detail, and given appropriate medical treatment and proper care in the coming days.

TSA India’s Riskika Dubla and members of the Special Task Force inspect rescued Indian Flapshell Turtles in the early hours of the morning.

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4 Comments

  1. Khoshbub Alam Ahmed on January 20, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    How I can be a member of TSA India? Please suggest.

  2. Madhuri Mondal on June 24, 2020 at 4:49 am

    A TORTOISE/TURTLE WAS FOUBD BY US TODAY MORNING IN SOUTH KOLKATA (DHAKURIA AREA). HOW CAN WE GIVE IT BACK SAFELY? WE DON’T KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF IT.

    • Ritu raj on August 20, 2020 at 4:34 am

      Handover to zoo administration or release in pond.

  3. Ritu Raj on August 20, 2020 at 4:33 am

    Take the turtle to near pond or water bodies or contact near zoo administration.

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