A large Asian softshell turtle (Amyda cartilaginea) was recently found in a busy road close to the city of Hua Hin. Luckily a kind local stopped his car and removed him from the road. He was then brought to WFFT.
Like many turtles in Asia, this vulnerable species is intensely hunted for its meat. Large numbers are captured for local consumption by people living in rural areas, while regional networks of hunters and traders also work to supply restaurants and international markets. This turtle is also exploited for its eggs and for use in traditional medicines, and young turtles are taken for the pet trade.
After a few days under observation the decision was made to return him back to the wild, to an area where he will be safe, far away from humans. We hope he can stay clear of trouble and off the dinner table!