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Times 15 Jun 07
Turtle in quarry poached?
Student Beatrice Wee was taking a walk in Bukit Batok Nature Park on Saturday afternoon when she spotted a group of men taking a turtle from a quarry pool.
Beatrice, 15, said: 'The turtle was turned on its back and a man was shoving it into a sack.' The group of about five men then put the sack into a lorry and drove off.
The Bukit Batok Secondary 3 student, who was with two friends, snapped a picture of the men and sent it to The Straits Times' interactive portal at www.stomp. com.sg
The National Parks Board, which manages the park, said that it is working with the police on the incident. It added that the animal is believed to be an Asiatic soft-shell turtle, native to Singapore.
Under the Parks and Trees Act, anyone found guilty of poaching can be fined up to $50,000 and jailed a maximum of six months or both.
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