YOUNG WORLD

Gone fishing

UNUSUAL CATCH: North American red-eared slider. PHOTO: AP  

Anna Nyberg and her friends were trying to catch fish in a frozen river but what they caught was something more unusual — a live turtle. The group had gone fishing in the Rodan, 400 miles north of Stockholm. They rescued the turtle by cutting a hole in the ice and brought it to Nyberg's home, where it took up residence in her bathtub. Wildlife experts initially suggested that the turtle was a South or Central American species and did not expect it to last through the icy winter. However the reptile was later identified as the North American red-eared slider, which can live dormant under the ice for up to four months.

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