The golden royal stupa at the 100 pillar pagoda; sorry I don't have any snaps of turtles
Turtles were in the news today when rare softshell Cantor turtles were given a new home, to help with their fragile existence, at the 100 pillar pagoda (aka Sarsar Mouy Rouy) north of Kratie, in a compound known as the Mekong Turtle Conservation Centre
. The brainchild of Conservation International and the Cambodian Fisheries Administration, it's another step in a project begun by CI in 2007 that has already seen 1,000 turtle hatchlings given life. The new home will give sanctuary to four types of turtles until they are ready to be released back into the Mekong River. Local fishermen and communities have been educated not to eat or steal the turtle eggs and in fact to report the nests they find in exchange for small rewards. The 100 pillar pagoda in fact has 116 pillars after it was rebuilt in 1997. Destroyed during the Khmer Rouge regime, only three wooden pillars are left from the original wooden wat built in the 16th century. At the rear of the pagoda is a large golden painted stupa dating from 1529 that is said to contain the remains of a princess who'd been consumed by a crocodile. Presumably there are crocodile remains inside it too.
Lightning deaths continue to occur throughout Cambodia. They came a little closer to home today when two people were killed by strikes in Phnom Penh. The current total of deaths this year stands at 78 and during the first five months of this year, lightning killed twice as many people as during the same period last year.
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