Wuhan student finds pet turtle to bone after returning to dorm
Published: 08:37 PM, 9 September 2020
Lin Buxiu’s turtle died over lockdown; Photo: Tricking1998/Asia Wire
A student in Wuhan, China returned to his dormitory after eight months of lockdown and found his pet turtle turned to dust and bone on the balcony.
The student Lin Buxiu, 22, left his dormitory in the central Chinese province of Hubei to visit his home city of Taiyuan in the northern Shanxi Province for a winter holiday on January 12, according to a report by Mirror.
However, the city ended up on full lockdown and he was only able to return months later, in the meantime, his pet turtle had starved to death and turned to bone.
“I only planned to be gone for about a month, so I left him enough food and water to last a few weeks,” Lin Buxiu told Asia Wire.
I never knew I couldn’t return for eight months due to pandemic, he said, adding, “When I finally returned to my dorm room on campus, I found my turtle dead and bone dry on the balcony on August 31.”
Lin Buxiu, a third-year student at Wuhan University of Science and Technology, revealed that he had purchased the adult alligator snapping turtle off the e-commerce website Taobao in 2019.
I had only had it for about five months before I left it during the winter break, he said, mentioning that he is keeping its bones on the bookshelf, but he will buy a glass container to display this.
“I don’t think I’m going to get another pet turtle while I’m still at university,” he added.