Malayan Box Turtle (Cuora amboinensis)
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, 31st March 2016

It was a long, tiring first day, but the Festival of Biodiversity continues on Sunday! Find out why the young Spiny Hill Terrapin (Heosemys spinosa) has such a bizarre-looking shell, and more weird and wonderful stories about Singapore’s natural heritage. We’ll be at the Eco Lake Lawn from 9am to 7pm. See you there!

Kathora, our Chinese Stripe-necked Turtle (Mauremys sinensis) is a new addition to the ACRES wildlife rescue centre. He was found after being possibly run over by a vehicle at Pasir Ris. Our rescue team reached the location just after midnight to witness the horrific situation when they found Kathora with multiple fractures to his carapace and plastron. He was also bleeding from various parts of his body, including his mouth. Kathora was quickly brought back to ACRES where basic attention was given to flush the wounds and to ensure that blood was not choking him or hindering his breathing. He was then kept warm till we could seek medical help. We would like to thank the veterinary team from Pet Doctors Veterinary Clinic who helped to repair Kathora’s carapace. Kathora is in better shape now but it’s still a long road to recovery as he needs to be given antibiotics and constant critical care to ensure that he does not suffer from any internal infections while his carapace heals and fuses back together.

Source: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) Facebook