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Injured Chinese sturgeon recovering

A CRITICALLY injured Chinese sturgeon, an endangered species known as a living fossil, is doing well after 27 days of intensive care.

The fish, which is 2.48 meters long and weighs 125 kilograms, was placed in a 300-square-meter pool yesterday to swim with other sturgeons.

The sturgeon was accidentally caught by fishermen on April 21 near Sheshan Island. Fishermen called the rescue hotline 4008201195.

Officials hurried to the scene and transported the sturgeon to a protection base in Jiading District.

A deep cut was found on its left pectoral fin and a 22-centimeter gash on its right side, according to offcials.

But officials said they are confident the fish will survive now that it has resumed swimming.

Liu Jian, director of the Superintendency Department of the Shanghai Yangtze Estuarine Nature Reserve for Chinese Sturgeon, said it will be released back into the wild in about six months.


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