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Turtle flies from Vienna to India to try his luck with the ladies

An endangered turtle from Schoenbrunn Zoo is taking a trip across the world to try his luck out with two female turtles in India.

The two female Northern River Terrapin's (otherwise known as Batagur Baska) have been on the search for a breeding mate for nearly a 18 months now and employees at the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust near Chennai are hoping the 30 year old from Vienna will be able to help out.

The turtle is one of the most endangered fresh water species in the world and the zoo in India is the only place in the country that holds them. It is considered a delicacy in Cambodia and has been hunted to near extinction through the region.There are at least twenty of this rare species in Schoenbrunn Zoo

The Austrian visitor arrived in India early Wednesday morning and will be quarantines for upto 90 days before meeting his new friends. "This is to ensure that he acclimatizes to our temperatures and will also allow us time to do the health checks," says the vet at the Crocodile Bank Trust Gowri Mallapur.

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