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Turtle maimed by brutal shark encounter gets prosthetic flippers

Kramer Phillips | @KramerPhillips| February 16, 2013

Turtle maimed by brutal shark encounter gets prosthetic flippers

Keepers at the Suma Aqualife Park in the Japanese city of Kobe are trying to help a loggerhead turtle swim normally again.

A loggerhead turtle maimed by a brutal encounter with a shark is swimming again thanks to a pair of prosthetic flippers. CNN reports that Yu-chan modeled her new flippers Monday at the Suma Aqualife Park in the Japanese city of Kobe.

This, however, is not the first time that Yu-chan has received a new pair of rubber flippers. CNN notes that the female loggerhead turtle has worked with 26 other pairs of flippers since being rescued from a Japanese fishing net in 2008.

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