Friday 28 October 2016

Caution: Turtle Traffic! Cute reptiles use 'tunnel tubes' to cross railway tracks safely

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 02/12/2015 | 14:24

The turtles are happy to make use of the 'turtle tunnels'
The turtles are happy to make use of the 'turtle tunnels' Credit:Twitter/ boredpanda
Two turtles having a chat

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Japan Railways, the company in charge of the country's train network, has taken extraordinary steps to ensure no turtles were harmed while crossing the country’s railway network.

They have rolled out 'turtle tunnels' which are concrete tubes that the reptiles can use to safely cross the train tracks and eliminate the risk of getting stuck in the railway sleepers.

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The West Japan Railway Company came up with the turtle-saving solution in partnership with the Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe following a high number of turtle fatalities last summer.

The Suma Aqualife Park attracts thousands of visitors annually, most of which travel by train.

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It's located only a short distance from the ocean, which means a significant amount of turtle traffic cross the tracks during May to September, when the handsome reptiles are most active.

So, turtle escape routes were installed earlier this year along the tracks.

Dozens of turtles have been spotted making use of their tunnels over the summer months.

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