Student returns to Wuhan dormitory to discover pet turtle got lost in skeleton – world news

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A student returned to his dormitory in Wuhan eight months after the lockdown to find his beloved turtle turned to dust and bone on the balcony.Lin Buxiu, 22, left his dormitory in central China’s Hubei Province to visit his hometown of Taiyuan, northern Shanxi Province, for a winter vacation on January 12.

But soon after, the city was completely closed and he was only able to return months later, when his alligator turtle starved and became bony.

Mr. Lin told Asia Wire, “I was only planning to go away for about a month, so I left him enough food and water for a few weeks.



Lin Buxiu’s turtle died in lockdown at university accommodation

“Who knew the pandemic would mean I couldn’t come back for eight months.

“When I finally got back to my dorm on campus, I found my turtle dead and dry on the balcony on August 31st.

The student shared his horrific discovery on Douyin – the original Chinese version of TikTok – where he posts under the username “Tricking1998”.



The alligator snapping turtle had only had enough food for about a month

His video shows his dead turtle being just a dry skeleton.

Mr. Lin, who is a third-year student at Wuhan University of Science and Technology, revealed that he purchased the adult alligator turtle from the Taobao e-commerce site in 2019.

He added, “I had only had it for about five months before I left it during winter break.



Lin has now kept the turtle skeleton as an ornament on his desk

“I keep his bones on my bookshelf, but I’ll buy a glass container to display it.”

“I don’t think I’m going to catch another pet turtle while I’m still in college. ”

Wuhan, which Covid-19 is believed to have originated from, was put into full lockdown by the Chinese government on January 23.

Strict travel restrictions would not be lifted for 76 days until April 8, but even then, many college students have been urged to stay at home for public health reasons.

Mr. Lin said that luckily he was able to participate in online classes, successfully completing his class schedule without falling behind.

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