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Yangtze giant softshell turtle The Yangtze giant softshell turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in the world. Unfortunately, it is also the world's rarest. Only four specimens are known to exist in the world: two inhabit separate lakes in Vietnam, and two others reside at Suzhou Zoo in China. Only one of the four is female, meaning that the survival of the species rests entirely on her capacity to breed.

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Last Of Her Kind, This 100-Year-Old Turtle May Soon Be A Mom | Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle

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'World's Most Endangered' Turtle Could Be Mom Soon

'World's Most Endangered' Turtle, Over 100 Years Old, Could Be Mom Soon. PHOTO: The female Yangtze giant softshell turtle is seen basking and the male can be seen in the water.

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Turtle may go extinct if its last female can't breed - CNN.com

The Yangtze giant softshell turtle is very lonely. There is only one known female left in the world, and they recently artificially inseminated her. But she's about 100 years old, and scientists are not sure she'll have children, the Wildlife Conservation Society said. They’ve already tried once before but she never conceived. Will it succeed this time? Nobody’s sure if there will be a third. Are we about to witness a tragic part of history? Is another species about to die out and go…

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The Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle Just Got 25 Percent Closer to Extinction - Scientific American Blog Network