According to authorities in Quynh Luu District, Nguyen Van Kim from Quynh Giang Commune, purchased the turtle for VND3.3 million (USD143.47) from another local resident.
The turtle weighs 32.5 kilos
Bringing it home, Kim took care of the animal very carefully and then decided to hand it over to the local authorities. The forest protection board of Quynh Luu-Hoang Mai area transported the turtle to the release site. The turtle belongs to a species listed in the Vietnam Red Book of Endangered Animals.