A Japanese conservation group has said it plans to fit artificial front limbs to a sea turtle injured in a shark attack.
“We need to pay special attention as the limbs will have to be strong enough to (allow her) to climb up a beach,” Erika Akai, a researcher at the Sea Turtle Association of Japan, told AFP.
“She should eventually be able to lay eggs on a beach.”
The injured sea turtle, with a 74cm long shell, was named Yu after being rescued off southwestern Japan last summer, Akai said.
“Since we cannot release her like this, because her swimming ability is only at 60 percent of that of a healthy turtle, we decided to make prosthetic fins for her,” said Akai.
The association has set up a fund and asked Japan’s largest artificial limb maker in western Osaka prefecture to make the artificial fins.
1. conservation n.
保育 (bao3 yu4)
例: Steve has joined a conservation group to protect the local woodland.
2. artificial adj.
人工的 (ren2 gong1 de5)
例: The victim had to get an artificial leg fitted.
3. eventually adv.
最終 (zui4 zhong1)
例: We eventually saved enough money to afford a new washing machine.
4. fund n.
基金 (ji1 jin1)
例: Lisa has set up a fund to raise money for injured horses.