GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) — A giant turtle in Vietnam that many attributed to the country’s symbol of independence and longevity has been embalmed — three years after it died in January 2016.
The preserved reptile named Cu Rua meaning “great-grandfather turtle” is now displayed at a temple in Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi where it died.
Cu Rua’s plastination came years after its death shocked and horrified the nation. Many saw the turtle’s death as a sign of sinister that even the government censored the news to avoid panic amid an upcoming election back then.
More than a treasured animal — partly because of its nearly a century-long life — the 163kg (360 lbs) turtle had imparted cultural, spiritual and political influence in the country.
On the biological aspect, Cu Rua’s death is meanwhile seen as a threat to the Rafetus swinhoei species as there are only three of them left alive.