Over 1000 Turtles and Tortoises Rescued in Bangalore from Smugglers

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A group of smugglers trying to make away with 1012 exotic turtles and tortoises, valued at about Rs 4 crore in the international market were caught right on time by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) officials last week in Bangalore. They were trying to make their way across the state border over to Chennai and from there to smuggle these reptiles to Hong Kong and China, to be used as “good luck charms” and as delicacies in restaurants.

Image via TOI

The vehicles of the offenders were intercepted by a team of DRI sleuths at Attibele toll gate located on the outskirts of Bengaluru One person was arrested and the officials are on the trail of his associate(s).

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The turtles were packed up in seven tightly bound travel bags and were found kept in two cars bound for Chennai. Of the 1012 animals, there were,

852 Indian Star Tortoise,

76 Tricarinate hill turtle,

11 red-eared Slider and

27 Indian tent turtles.

Exotic turtles and tortoises fall under endangered species category and their illegal capture and transport attract a minimum prison term of seven years under Customs Act and Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

Image via The Hindu


A Bengaluru-based pet shop owner has been identified as the mastermind of the racket and was taken into custody on Sunday, the 8th of October. The arrested man has given more information about his accomplices in the city and the DRI team has launched a hunt for them.

Read More: China’s Struggle to keep Endangered Animals Away from the Plate

Trade Master plan

On interrogation, DRI officials got to know that he operated through his associates in Bengaluru since 2016. They would procure animals captured from forest areas in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, through their agents. The animals would then be transported to Chennai by road and from there would be sent by cargo flight to China.

It is suspected that in the past few months the gang has managed to get away with turtles worth at least one crore, smuggled to China.

The individual price of these animals depends on the size and purpose of procurement for each of these species.

The state forest department has been informed about the seizure and the rescued animals would be handed over to them. However, owing to the nature in which the turtles were handled and held captive in hostile conditions, the forest department would have to give veterinary care to them for a couple of days before they are released into the wild or rehabilitated in any government animal centre.

Read More: Passer by Saves An Endangered Star-shelled Tortoise


Over 1000 Turtles and Tortoises Rescued in Bangalore from Smugglers was originally published on India’s Endangered

(sources: The guardian, World Animal ProtectionCatchnews.com)

Human beings have the strange tendency to destroy the very thing we revere. The sad tale of the Indian star tortoise is testament to this fact. Loved as a pet and worshiped as spiritual symbol, this magnificent creature is reeling under the threat of flourishing illegal trade.

An extensive study by World Animal Protection has raised concerns about the impact of the rampant trade on the tortoises, famed for the star-like radiating patterns on their shells.

According to the study, over 55,000 tortoises are being poached from just one site in South East India annually.

Read more about the World Animal Protection study from the source

se7endivine:

Prepare for loads of pictures of my little baby. 😉 

Bring em on!!!! Can’t wait to see the face that goes with that gorgeous shell! 

giovannienl:

For all the tortoise lovers out there. Currently we’re trying to increase the behaviour of the G. Elegans (Indian star tortoise) the female enclosure is first and they responded well. It’s hard for them to grab food which is gently swinging since they’re used to getting it served on a plate. But it’s good to make them work and think.

This is awesome! I occasionally hang dandelions or greens around the terrarium to get Zoya moving, stretching, and working for her food. She’s pretty good at it. 

Humphrey is a trooper, doing well after surgery. He has a lot more space for nom noms now!

The poor little fella could hardly move because the stone had grown so large it occupied a fifth of his body.

Weighing at just 3oz, the one-year-old Indian Star tortoise is one of the smallest reptiles to have undergone such a major operation at the Trinity Vet Centre in Maidstone.

Humphrey had to have a large square hole sawed out of his shell to allow the stone to be removed.Dr Mark Rowland, who carried out the operation, said: “Although these stones can form and have been removed in larger tortoises, it is not common in these younger ones to see a stone of this size.”

Nurses have said since the operation he has been feeling much better and is returning to normal and have commented on how fast he can now move without the extra weight to carry around.

(via Humphrey the tortoise at Trinity Vet Centre Maidstone loses a stone | This is Kent)

Humphrey is a trooper, doing well after surgery. He has a lot more space for nom noms now!

The poor little fella could hardly move because the stone had grown so large it occupied a fifth of his body.

Weighing at just 3oz, the one-year-old Indian Star tortoise is one of the smallest reptiles to have undergone such a major operation at the Trinity Vet Centre in Maidstone.

Humphrey had to have a large square hole sawed out of his shell to allow the stone to be removed.Dr Mark Rowland, who carried out the operation, said: “Although these stones can form and have been removed in larger tortoises, it is not common in these younger ones to see a stone of this size.”

Nurses have said since the operation he has been feeling much better and is returning to normal and have commented on how fast he can now move without the extra weight to carry around.

(via Humphrey the tortoise at Trinity Vet Centre Maidstone loses a stone | This is Kent)

aww they heart you! but did you know tortoises can’t comprehend glass! They’ll just keep going for it. Better to put them in a terrarium where they can’t see out and get some great air. Don’t want them to  hit their heads too hard! Thats how bad things happen to tortoises and football players. they are gorgeous! 

gabrielnamenia:

The story of this, was that I set food down, they seemed eager to eat, so I grabbed my phone to take pictures.

Then suddenly: both of them turn to me.

And walk and walk towards me.

Fighting against the glass, as if they could reach me.

My precious babies.