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Pig-nosed turtles at Underwater World help usher in Year of the Pig

By Dominique Loh, Channel NewsAsia
13 February 2007 1820 hrs

SINGAPORE: It may soon be the Year of the Pig on the Lunar calendar but over at the Underwater World Singapore, turtles with snouts like the pigs' may very well steal the limelight.

These freshwater animals, an endangered species, were donated by members of the public and given to the Underwater World.

The oceanarium has constructed a special aquarium for the pig-nosed turtles - a tank shaped like a gold ingot.

Visitors are encouraged to toss coins into the tank for good fortune and for a good cause.

The money collected will go towards supporting conservation efforts by Singapore volunteer group WaterWays Watch Society. - AFP/so