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A CHINESE freshwater turtle made homeless after its owner died has found a new home at a Tyneside aquarium.

The unusual Chinese soft-shelled turtle was handed to Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium by the warden of an old people's home.

After a spell in the quarantine area, the public can now meet the turtle when it is placed in a freshwater tank with some other fish.

Anna Pellegrino, from Blue Reef, said: "The turtle was living in a tank in this lady's home and after she sadly passed away, the warden contacted us to see if we could give it a new home to live out the remainder of its life.

"With its soft shell, extremely long neck and tube-like nostrils, which are used like a snorkel, they are definitely one of the world's most unusual species of turtle. "Once fully-grown they can reach up to 30 centimetres in length and will provide a fascinating new addition to our displays." In Asia this species would normally be used either for food, in the traditional turtle soup dish, or as an ingredient for medicine.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 4, 2011
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