Northeast Thailand: Giant turtle with markings resembling Thai King found in Nakhon Ratchasima

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A giant turtle, believed by locals to bring wealth and good fortune, caused a stir in the Nakhon Ratchasima community.

The turtle, weighing approximately 12 kilogrammes, was found by 63 year old resident Jod Songnok who has been taking care of it for over two years. The unusual creature is attracting crowds due to its peculiar shell markings, which resemble the revered Thai King, and its unusual size compared to common turtles.

Jod discovered the unique turtle near his home in Baan Sawanwari, Nong Bunnak, Nakhon Ratchasima. The turtle’s shell, unlike typical ones, flares up at the ends instead of curving down. Additionally, the rear end of the shell has several beautiful ridges. What’s most astonishing, however, are the six patterns on the turtle’s shell that strikingly resemble the revered Thai King, which has incited excitement and wonder among the locals.

The locals believe that this turtle is a sacred creature that has been residing in the Nong Tagai reservoir, the primary water source for the community, for hundreds of years. To add to the intrigue, Jod had found another giant turtle about three months ago.

Though this second turtle resembles common turtles, it weighs over 15 kilogrammes. Jod decided to keep this turtle as well due to its unusual weight and because it had scars that looked like gunshot wounds. He feared releasing it might put the creature in danger, reported KhaoSod.

Jod came across the first revered turtle about two years ago while he was guarding his rice field next to the Nong Tagai reservoir around 5.30am. He heard a sound in the middle of the road not far from the reservoir. On investigating, he found the unusual creature and decided to keep it due to its unique features and size.

The news spread among the locals, and people have been coming to see the turtle. Everyone has noticed its peculiar features, but the most distinct is the six patterns on the shell that resemble the revered Thai King. People believe this to be a sacred turtle that brings good fortune to those who see it. Jod himself claims that he has won the lottery several times since he found the turtle.

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