A SET of photos posted on China’s Twitter-like weibo showed a man being bitten by a particularly fierce type of nonnative turtle before setting it free.
Netizens mocked the man, calling it a passionate kiss goodbye.
As the man prepared to release the turtle, he was unexpectedly bitten on the lips by the turtle, which has powerful beak-like jaws and a flexible neck, Guangzhou Daily reported today.
The report did not mention how serious the man’s injury was.
The animal appears to be an alligator snapping turtle, a dangerous reptile that is native to North America. One of the turtles was found in 2010 in Weishan Lake in southern Anhui Province, according to a report in the UK newspaper The Telegraph. Authorities said they think the turtle may have been a pet that was released.
The turtles are considered dangerous to China’s ecosystem and people have been warned against releasing them.