Eighty-nine freshwater turtles were released to roam free inside the American ambassador’s residence compound after they were rescued from temple ponds that are in poor condition.
The released marked World Wildlife Day Friday.
The 22 rai (3.5 hectare) compound is a good environment for the turtles with plenty of food for them.
Nantarika Chansue, director of the Sea Animal Diseases Control Centre, Faculty of Veterinary at Chulalongkorn University, said she was glad the turtles finally had a good quality of life.
“My sincere appreciation to the US Embassy, Bangkok, for hosting a turtle release programme in the embassy grounds on the World Wildlife Day,” Nantarika said.
“After vet treatments, they are now living happily ever after in the ponds that the US Fish and Wildlife Department has deemed to be a wildlife sanctuary.”