They believe that seeing this ancient turtle signifies the coming of an extraordinary event.
… researchers say they have become virtually extinct because of hunters who killed them for food, loss of nesting habitats and pollution. The Asian Turtle Conservation Network says as many as 15 million turtles are traded a year in Asia, most of them ending up in China.
Not too hard to figure out.
Makes me want to give money to the Turtle Survival Network, too.