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Survival Of The Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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turtleWhile this story isn’t about a sea turtle, the plight of the survival of the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle must be told. There is only one known female Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle left in the world. The female was placed in a tank with a male, one of the only three males left of the species, at a zoo in China. Scientists were hopeful the two would naturally procreate. Although she became pregnant, the eggs were nonviable. The scientists really went all for saving the species, as the 100 year old male turtle proved difficult to arouse. The scientists attempted stimulating the 100 year old male hand, vibrator and where finally successful using a vibrator, to obtain the semen. The semen was successfully artificially inseminated in the female, and eggs began to form. It is too early to tell if the species will be saved through this attempt. Scientists are hopeful this attempt will produce children, as the female will soon be removed to her home zoo this fall. MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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