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Yangtze River sturgeon recovering from wounds

A critically injured Chinese sturgeon, an endangered species known as the living fossil, has survived after 27 days of intensive care by Shanghai wildlife experts.

The fish, 2.48 meters long and weighing 125 kilograms, was removed from the "intensive care unit" to "a rehabilitation ward" -- a 300-square-meter pool -- today to swim with other sturgeons.

It is the sixth big Chinese sturgeon, longer than 2 meters, that has been rescued by the Shanghai Yangtze Estuary Nature Reserve for Chinese Sturgeon since January 2007.

The Yangtze River fish is listed among China's most endangered species. Its origin can be traced to the Jurassic era more than 140 million years ago.

So far, scientists know little about the habits of this migratory fish and are trying to find out how it lives in the Yangtze River.


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