Terrapin has a ‘corset waist’ after growing up with a rubber band caught around its body
- The tiny turtle was discovered by street cleaners in Chonburi province, Thailand
- Its strange hour-glass shape appeared to have been caused by a rubber band
- It is believed the turtle grew up with the elastic tight around it from a young age
A terrapin has been discovered with a ‘corset waist’ after growing up with an elastic band caught around its body.
The tiny turtle was found by street cleaners working beside a drain in the Chonburi province, eastern Thailand, last weekend.
They were fascinated by the unusual hour-glass figure of its shell and noticed a small rubber band stuck around its midriff which was promptly removed.
The terrapin’s shell had become deformed by the small rubber band it is thought to have grown up with around its midriff
The little turtle was discovered by a street cleaner in the Chonburi province, eastern Thailand, last weekend
The band is believed to have been stuck on the creature since it was a baby, with its body then growing around the band.
The street cleaner who found the turtle said it appeared to be healthy apart from its strange shape.
He said: ‘The poor turtle must have been suffering like this since it was little. If we hadn’t found it, I don’t know what would have happened.
‘There would be nobody to remove the rubber band.’
The band was removed from the terrapin and the street cleaner who found it said: ‘The poor turtle must have been suffering like this since it was little. If we hadn’t found it, I don’t know what would have happened’
The workers released the turtle back into the bushes next to a nearby pond.
Terrapins are carnivorous, eating snails, bugs, frogs and fish, and although they would rather hide from predator’s in their shells they are capable of delivering a ferocious snapping bite.
There are numerous species of the small turtles in Thailand.