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TAIPING, PERAK: More than 200 people rushed to a villager's house to personally take a look at a rarely seen
giant white soft-shell turtle, which was believed to be a mascot that brought great fortune.
Villager Cao Dechang bought the white soft-shell turtle weighted 7kg and measured 2 feet long at RM30 from a
Malay villager, who caught it at a river.
The news was rapidly spread and curious villagers flocked to pay the great turtle a visit. Different sayings
were formed when some of them found that lines on its belly looked like a human face.
Cao told Sin Chew Daily that he bought it as he had never seen such a huge white soft-shell
turtle before. He would release it after Chinese New Year.
"Someone wanted to pay me RM300 for the turtle but I rejected his offer. About 200 people had took a look at
it over the past two days. Even the elders said they had never seen such a big white soft-shell turtle before,"
He believed that the white soft-shell was a mascot that could bring great fortune.
It was said that freshwater soft-shell turtles were generally blackish yellow and white soft-shell turtles
were very rare.
Also, soft-shell turtles were usually ferocious but the white soft-shell turtle was very tame.
(Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE/ Sin Chew Daily)