The turtles which were confiscated by the Pune Forest Division between 2019 and 2020 were finally flown back to Assam.
Around 63 endangered turtles of five species have been rescued which includes the names like the Indian roof turtle, the crowned river turtle, brown roof turtle and spotted river terrapin.
These turtle species were being smuggled to western part of India from Assam.
They were kept in the interim facilities of Indian Herpetological Society and Research Charitable Trust at Pune after their recovery.
Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) India had successfully transferred the turtles. The 18 hour long journey did not affect them as measures were taken. Every turtle was checked thoroughly before packing in padded plastic cartons. The outcome was positive, the turtles were healthy, not stressed by transit, and most importantly, maintained the hydration levels.
They are now at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati under observation and this is the third time the turtles have had the opportunity to fly back to their native lands of habitation.