Rare black pond turtles returned to Pakistan
China handed over 204 confiscated black pond turtles to Pakistan, one of the rare animals’ main habitats, marking the first time China has returned smuggled rare animals to their source country.
The animals will be set free in a national park near Karachi.
The turtles’ return is a major step in China’s efforts to combat wildlife poaching and smuggling.
In June, police caught a Pakistani suspect who smuggled the animals and five Chinese buyers, who said they intended to sell them. According to investigators, the turtles can be sold for more than 10,000 yuan ($1,627) each as pets in China.
The animal is listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and has first-degree national protection status in China.