A group of people in Odisha, India were confused when they managed to rescue this little turtle, as never in their life have they seen a turtle that was completely yellow until that day. When they turned over the reptile to the Indian Forest Services (IFS), the institution was just as confused as they were, “but eventually came up with a theory.”
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The turtle is a very bright yellow from head to toe, and the most likely explanation for his coloring is albinism. Albinism often causes an animal to be completely white, but sometimes non-mammal albino animals can be different colors — in this case, yellow.
“Most probably it was an albino,” Susanta Nanda, an IFS officer, wrote in a post on Twitter. “One such aberration was recorded by locals in Sindh a few years back.”
The adorable yellow turtle was very lively when he was first rescued, swimming around in a little tub of water, and he’s quite a sight to see.
“Mark the pink eyes, one indicative feature of albinism,” Nanda wrote.
The turtle would be under the care of the department officials for now, who would ensure his safety and well-being.
(Image Credit: Susanta Nanda IFS/ Twitter)