Last updated: 1/7/2011 8:40 New wounds open old fears about survival of legendary Hoan Kiem Lake

Vietnam’s only living animal deity could be in mortal danger.

Already bearing multiple scars caused by pollution and illegal fishing at Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake, the giant soft-shell turtle has sustained fresh injuries to its neck and carapace, said Ha Dinh Duc, a Vietnamese scientist who has been studying the giant species and kept a close watch on its conditions since 1991.

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