Rare turtles sent to Hong Kong

Special delivery: the five golden coin turtles get weighed in the US before their historic flight to Hong Kong. Photo: Turtle Conservancy

Weighing just 150 grams each, the tiny “passengers” made little impression on the scales as they nestled into their specially built crate emblazoned with the words “This Side Up”, and “Live Reptile”.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 9:35am

Thieves steal rare turtles worth HK$1.4m

About 130 endangered turtles worth a total of HK$1.42 million were stolen from a Fanling village farm yesterday.

Their 57-year-old owner is offering a HK$300,000 reward to anyone who finds the turtles and catches the thieves.

The stolen turtles include rare species such as the annam leaf turtle, yellow pond turtle and Iverson's freshwater turtle.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:45am

Test the water before buying an amphibious friend

Reptiles and amphibians have a certain popularity in Hong Kong, but many suffer from inadequate care, according to Karthi Krishnasamy, who handles plenty of these animals at Happy Pets veterinary centre in Tai Hang.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Cold-blooded creatures require care and attention

Turtles can be fascinating for people looking for a pet other than a cute cuddly cat or canine.

While owning a cold-blooded creature may not require as much hands-on time as a furry animal, turtles require owners to pay careful attention to their living conditions and diet.

22 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Two heads are better than one in hunt for turtle

Police launched a major search yesterday - for a missing turtle. They are scanning surveillance camera footage for the creature, which was last seen about two weeks ago.

And it should stand out from the crowd, because it's got two heads.

The endangered turtle has gone missing from Noah's Ark theme park on Ma Wan.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Seized turtles head for a new life in the wild

They were flown into Hong Kong in substandard conditions, but today they're being sent home first class.

About 600 freshwater pig-nosed turtles - a protected species native to Australia and New Guinea - were smuggled into the city in January, barely surviving dehydration in badly packed containers.

5 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Turtle destined for the pot bites cook's toe

A 35-year-old kitchen worker ended up with a suspected broken toe after a scuffle with an expensive reptile, reputedly of high medicinal value, in a Shau Kei Wan restaurant. The man was taken to hospital after a 60cm wattle-necked soft-shelled turtle he was about to cook bit the little toe of his left foot in a bid for freedom. The man was wearing slippers at the time.

25 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Why the race may not be to the swift

In Zeno's famous paradox a tortoise challenged Achilles, the fastest runner in the world, to a foot race.

'Because you are the fastest runner in the world,' said the tortoise, 'you must give me a handicap.'

'That's fair enough,' said Achilles, and allowed the tortoise a 100-metre head start.

5 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Urban Jungle

This week: ignorance and cruelty

14 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

7,200 turtles in smugglers' haul

Marine police found more than 7,200 turtles along with computer hard disks and pirated DVDs worth HK$6.4 million during an anti-smuggling operation on Lantau Island.

The discovery was made at 6.30pm on Wednesday when officers saw about a dozen people loading boxes from three goods vehicles onto six speedboats near Pak Mong.

31 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Armed gang snatches gold-coin turtles in Sheung Shui raid

More than 60 endangered turtles were stolen from a house in Sheung Shui after six masked robbers threatened a woman and her daughter with knives and tied the pair up yesterday.

The Chinese three-striped box turtles, also known as gold-coin turtles, could be sold for around HK$6,000 each on the black market and used for medicine, police said.

19 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Poachers driving golden coin turtles to extinction

Conservationists are calling for tougher penalties against poachers who are pushing a critically endangered turtle to the verge of extinction.

And they are appealing to the public to help overcome the practical difficulties of enforcing a ban on turtle trapping by reporting suspicious activity in country parks.

25 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Last refuge of a golden treasure

It's 3am at Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden and three shadowy figures clamber down thickly bushed slopes of Kwun Yum Shan (Goddess of Mercy Mountain) towards the animal pens. They carry sacks in their hands and dreams of rich loot in their heads. Their quarry is turtles.

16 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

City Briefs

BOC suing employee for alleged $6m loss

Bank of China (Hong Kong) yesterday filed a $6 million High Court writ against a senior financial services officer at its Tai Yau Street branch in Kowloon, Wong Shui-hing, claiming she misappropriated money. The writ also names her husband, Tse Hau-yan, and her mother, Lam Po-chu.

30 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Pet pictures

The name of my dog is Morning. She's an eight-year-old Apso Lhasa (a Tibetan breed). I got her four years ago from the SAA (Society for Abandoned Animals). She has had four puppies. Miss Morning hates doggy snacks but likes sweet potatoes and sugar cane.

Judy, Yuen Long Public Secondary School

14 Jun 2004 - 12:00am