A critically endangered turtle has been saved from a restaurant kitchen and will be released into the wild.
The hawksbill sea turtle was caught in Ma Wan on Monday by an angler who took it to Royal Dragon Seafood Cuisine in Prince Edward to have it cooked.
Restaurant owner Ng Pak-yan initially suggested that the angler set it free but he eventually bought the creature for a few thousand dollars.
He then called the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. It picked up the reptile - which is around 10 years old and measures 36 centimeters long - and temporarily sent it to Ocean Park yesterday. Ng said he tried to convince the customer to free the animal "because no one eats sea turtles and it should be released into the wild." And he bought it "because I want to save its life. It is very beautiful."
Ng said he had also freed other creatures, including a giant grouper.