On Tuesday, A yellow turtle was rescued from a lake in West Bengal. This is the second time this year that a rare yellow tortoise has been spotted in India – one was also found in the state of Odisha in July.
Indian Forest Service official Debashish Sharma took to Twitter on October 27 to share pictures of the turtle with its bright yellow shell. According to him, the tortoise was found in the lake of Burdwan and was rescued. He attributed some for his bare coloring “genetic mutation or congenital disorder due to the absence of tyrosine pigment.”
He wrote on Twitter with an image “Today a yellow turtle was rescued from a pond in Burdwan, WB. It’s one kind of a rarely occurring Flapshell Turtle,”
Pictures of yellow tortoise have been circulating widely on microblogging platforms, where they have generated great interest.
Senior IFS officer Ramesh Pandey was among those who retweeted the pics: “This is the second incident in the recent past when Yellow Flapshell Turtle has been found. Before this one Yellow Flapshell Turtle was found in Balasore, Odisha. Still not very clear whether a new species or albinism or mutant albino,”.
In July, residents of a village in Odisha’s Balasore district spotted a yellow tortoise. He was rescued and handed over to the forest department.
Bhanoomitra Acharya, Wildlife Warden, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI at the time: “The whole shell and the body of the rescued tortoise is yellow. This is a rare turtle, I have never seen one like this,”.