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One of the most threatened turtles in the world dies, only 3 remain

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A species of turtle is one step away from the final extinction after the death of a female in a zoo in eastern China, a day after a failed attempt at artificial insemination, Chinese media reported. The soft-shelled turtle of the Yangtze River already has only three known in the world after the death on Saturday of a female of... at least 90 years in the zoo in the city of Suzhou, in the Shanghai region, according to the newspaper Suzhou The animal died a day after the zoo subjected it to an operation considered as the last chance to save the species, inseminating it with the seed of a male from the same zoo that exceeds 100 years. The zoo had been trying for years to mate naturally. The female will be autopsied to find out what happened, according to the newspaper. In addition to the mentioned male, there are two known specimens that live in freedom in Vietnam but their sex is unknown. The Yangtze tortoise, the largest freshwater turtle, can reach a meter in length and weigh more than 100 kilos. The reptile, whose habitat stretched along the Yangtze River, the longest in Asia, and other Chinese rivers, has been the victim of hunting, pollution, river traffic and the proliferation of dams.

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