A rare species of turtle was discovered and caught at an eco-tourism park in Hanoi on March 17. The turtle, that weighs 30 kilos and measures 75 cm in length, is asouthern Vietnamese turtle with its scientific name Amyda Cartilaginea,noted Assistant Professor Ha Dinh Duc who has studied turtle species foryears. He added that the species primarily lives in canals, rivers, lakesand rice fields. In Vietnam, they are usually distributed in theprovinces of Thua Thien – Hue, Dak Lak, Lam Dong, and Khanh Hoa. The 50-year-old turtle is thought to have drifted to the park during the recent heavy rain, reported Duc. People are flocking to the park to catch a glimpse of the rarecreature. One individual even offered to buy the turtle at a price ofVND50 million but the management declined, stating that they wish torelease it into Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake to live with legendary TurtleLord.