En­dan­gered green tur­tle res­cued from Pan­tai Dalit

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TUARAN: A green tur­tle was res­cued from Pan­tai Dalit at Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Re­sort & Spa re­cently after a guest of the re­sort to­gether with a wa­ter sports staff saw it washed close to the beach.

The re­sort im­me­di­ately no­ti­fied the Sabah Wildlife Res­cue Unit ( WRU) which sub­se­quently dis­patched a team of ve­teri­nar­i­ans and rangers to check on the tur­tle.

The tur­tle was iden­ti­fied as the en­dan­gered green tur­tle, which is the most abun­dant species found in Malaysia.

It nests in great num­bers on the sandy beaches and is­lands of Sabah and a few other states in Malaysia.

The WRU team and Rasa Ria Re­serve Rangers joined hands to res­cue the tur­tle.

The res­cued green tur­tle is now un­der the care of the team from the WRU headed by se­nior vet­eri­nar­ian Dr Sen Nathan at the YTL Gaya Is­land Re­sort Tur­tle Res­cue Cen­tre and Ma­rine Sanc­tu­ary.

Here it will be un­der ob­ser­va­tion and care of ex­perts for the next few weeks as they try to nurse it back to health and even­tu­ally re­lo­cate it to a safe habi­tat.

Fiona Ha­gan, the gen­eral man­ager of Rasa Ria, said the re­sort ad­vo­cates the pro­tec­tion of wildlife through con­ser­va­tion and ed­u­ca­tion with the help of their ded­i­cated 64-acre For­est Re­serve.

She said the re­sort col­lab­o­rates with var­i­ous part­ners such as the Sabah Wildlife Depart­ment and Sabah Park and Wildlife Res­cue Unit among oth­ers to drive the im­por­tance of con­ser­va­tion and pro­tec­tion of wildlife.

It was a priv­i­lege to shoul­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity of res­cu­ing this tur­tle along with the ex­perts from Sabah Wildlife Res­cue Unit.

“The re­sort also sup­ports ocean health and ma­rine life through its No Plas­tics Cam­paign ( launched in Fe­bru­ary 2018) by suc­cess­fully elim­i­nat­ing the use of plas­tic straws, sin­gle-use plas­tic bot­tles, re­duc­ing plas­tic bags as well as in­creas­ing knowl­edge and aware­ness on the im­por­tance of re­duc­ing hu­man im­pact on the ocean,” added Ha­gan.

The res­cued green tur­tle be­ing han­dled by Sabah Wildlife Res­cue per­son­nel.

Sabah Wildlife Res­cue Unit tend­ing to the green tur­tle.

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