An Indian peacock soft-shelled turtle was rescued by a group of children from the APP Colony at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh’s East Siang district.

The turtle was later released in the mighty Siang river on Monday.

Officials said kids, namely Paktu Diyum, Messia Panggeng, Ribom Diyum and Pakdi Diyum, were passing through the APP Colony on Friday for an evening walk when they suddenly came across the turtle, which was crawling on the road.

The kids after rescuing the turtle decided to hand over the same to the forest department so as to save its life.

Accordingly, the children along with the Pasighat divisional forest officer (Territorial), Tashi Mize, went to the Siang riverbank and released the turtle, officials said.

Mize, while appreciating the gesture of the kids said, “We need to save our wildlife because if we don’t do so, there would be nothing left for our future generation to see and experience.”

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com