Critically endangered turtle surrendered in Menasha

Critically endangered turtle surrendered in Menasha

MENASHA, Wis. (WBAY) – A turtle whose species is taken into account critically endangered was surrendered to J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue in Menasha.

Francis, the Malaysian Large River Turtle, was surrendered after his house owners died.

“It was their dying want that Francis discover a new place to dwell out his days,” a media launch from J&R Aquatic mentioned.

The Malaysian Large River Turtle, scientifically often called Orlitia borneensis, is listed as critically endangered by the Conference on Worldwide Commerce in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

“Their populations has been devastated by human growth. Over looking, assortment of eggs and habitat destruction,” J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue Director John Moyles mentioned.

Whereas all different animals on the rescue are adoptable, Moyles has different plans to Francis.

“Our final aim is to get him [Francis] positioned in a breeding program with an accredited facility so we are able to maintain his species from going extinct,” Moyles mentioned.

In a TikTok video, J&R Aquatic mentioned Francis is about 15 years outdated.

Francis was surrendered with two alligator snapping turtles. Moyles mentioned that since their arrival all turtles have been pleased, and enjoyable to work with.

“He’s actually cute. He’s received a terrific persona and He’s surprisingly mild. When giving him a shower he didn’t chunk or snap or attempt to scratch or something. He simply sort of like wiggled his butt after I was scrubbing him with a scrub brush. It was actually nice,” he mentioned.

J&R Aquatic hopes to seek out the Francis and the 2 snapping turtles houses as soon as they’re checked by a vet and deemed to journey.

J&R Aquatic suggested anybody with an unique pet they’ll longer look after to contact the rescue at

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