China turtle death: One of last four known Yangtze giant softshells dies

One of the world’s rarest turtles, a Yangtze giant softshell, has died in China, leaving just three known survivors of the species.

The female turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) died in Suzhou zoo in southern China.

The zoo’s deputy director Chen Daqing said that the 90 year old turtle’s death has left the species in imminent danger of extinction, particularly considering that the three surviving turtles are in the region of a hundred years old.

Experts had tried to artificially inseminate the turtle a number of times with no success before her death.

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