A villager from Wangzhuang Village in Henan discovered a 6 kg turtle while ploughing a field on September 17. While turtles aren’t that uncommon in China, the size of this one (45 cm x 32 cm) and the fact that that particular breed normally lives in water in North America, startled the locals.
After word got out of the unexpected four-legged resident, netizens were quick to identify it as a snapping turtle, a freshwater species that normally lives in Canada and parts of the Rocky Mountains. Netizens were also quick to comment about its price: 50-80 RMB per 500g.
That afternoon after examining a photo of the turtle, Dong Zhaowei, an “expert” from the Zhengzhou Municipal Bureau of Forestry Wildlife Rescue Center, confirmed everyone’s suspicion that it was indeed a snapping turtle from North America. He continued by warning local villagers to not let it back into the wild but to hand it over to the wildlife department or to kill it and eat it. According to Dong – who let us remind you, works for the Wildlife Rescue Center – the meat of such turtles is delicious.
How is this man working for a department that supposedly protects wildlife?!
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Actually good advice to eat it- This is a rogue non indigenous species. It could be as detrimental as the Python situation in S.Florida ...Somebody thought releasing them to the wild was a good idea. Stop acting like jerks and do your home work.
Sep 21, 2013 15:11 Report Abuse
Well, Mr. Dong’s advice it’s not so crazy... If this turtle is indeed a North American specie (fact that was proved beyond reasonable doubt), it could become an “invasive species” and we (those who dint slept at the science class) all know how those stories could end. If not, you could see the sixteenth episode of the sixth season of The Simpsons. Anyway, I would better advise to kill the as@!+} who brought the turtle here or the one who unleash the “Pterois” on the Caribbean.
Sep 19, 2013 06:36 Report Abuse
Dong Zhaowei is not an "expert". He is a f$&@ing farmer. The netizens should eat him! Chinese think just because something has a heartbeat it is good to eat. What a disgusting attitude. Let the poor turtle go and stop thinking about your stomach you peasant!
Sep 18, 2013 23:51 Report Abuse