A farmer in India’s Odisha was working in his fields when he found a yellow turtle and brought it home, the CNN reported Wednesday.
The Association for Biodiversity Conservation executive director, Siddhartha Pati, said this is the first time such a rare kind of Indian flapshell turtle has been seen. It’s usually found in parts of other South Asia.
The turtle is believed to be between one and a half and two years old.
Pati feels that the creature’s color is due to albinism. “It is a congenital disorder and it is characterized by complete or partial absence of tyrosine pigment,” he said.
He added that a genetic mutation might also be at work. The turtle has now been released into the wild.