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Owners surrender critically endangered turtle in Menasha

Posted at 10:42 PM, Apr 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-16 23:46:25-04

MENASHA (NBC 26) — A critically endangered turtle was surrendered to J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue in Menasha.

Francis, a Malaysian Giant River Turtle, lived with an elderly man with health issues. His main caretaker was a cancer patient.

According to a statement from J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue, it was the owners' "dying wish that Francis find a new place to live out his days."

The rescue will search for a home for Francis once he's looked at by a veterinarian and deemed fit to travel.

Two alligator snapping turtles were also surrendered and will be adoptable in the near future.