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51 Star tortoises rescued in Singapore, sent to their natural habitat in India

Singapore : Singapore has sent back 51 Indian star tortoises on a Singapore Airlines flight as they were illegally trafficked here as prized exotic pets.

This is the largest number of Indian star tortoises – coveted for their star-patterned shells – to be repatriated from Singapore, The Straits Times reported on Tuesday.

Their striking, intricate appearances make them an easy target for poachers, who are often part of organised crime rings that profit from animal trafficking.