Last of his tribe has found love

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

WHEN two tur­tles find love, it’s a cause for shelle­bra­tion.

It seems Cupid may have struck for Murray the Murray River tur­tle, who for many years lived a lonely bach­e­lor ex­is­tence at the Vic­to­ria Park pond.

Reg­u­lars to the park ad­ja­cent to Syd­ney Univer­sity say the shy river tur­tle was once part of a fam­ily of tur­tles at the lake, but in re­cent years only Murray could be seen.

When City of Syd­ney ecol­o­gists were called in as part of park re­ju­ve­na­tion works, it was de­cided Murray would be re­lo­cated to the wet­lands of Syd­ney Park.

For those con­cerned about his wel­fare, the coun­cil has bad news — Murray will not be com­ing back to Vic­to­ria Park, but for good rea­sons.

“We think he may have found a friend,” a coun­cil spokesman said.

“There have been two Murray River tur­tles seen sit­ting on a log in the morn­ings at Syd­ney Park, and we think one of them is him as most of the tur­tles at the park are Eastern long­necks.

“So it ap­pears he has found a spe­cial friend.”

Once an in­dus­trial waste­land, Syd­ney Park now has four wet­lands which have be­come an im­por­tant habi­tat for na­tive wildlife.

To­gether with black-winged stilts and swans, the area is also be­com­ing a breed­ing ground for frogs and eastern long-necked tur­tles.

Murray’s old home at Northam Lake may one day again at­tract tur­tles.

The coun­cil re­ju­ve­na­tion works now be­ing con­ducted will in­clude more wet­land plants and stormwa­ter fil­ters.

Murray is a tur­tle in love.

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