Sichuan villager releases wild giant salamander into nature

World Today

A villager turned down the offer of a wildlife smuggler who wanted to buy a wild Chinese giant salamander found in a stream, instead choosing to release the valuable animal back into its natural habitat.

The 3.7-kilogram (8 pounds) wild Chinese giant salamander was found recently in a stream in Tiansheng Village in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

The animal was examined as a healthy wild Chinese giant salamander, 70 centimeters long (2.2 feet) and weighing 3.6 kilograms.

The villager was awarded 500 yuan ($81) by the local animal protection bureau for his efforts.

Sichuan villager releases wild giant salamander into nature

A villager turned down the offer of a wildlife smuggler who wanted to buy a wild Chinese giant salamander found in a stream, instead choosing to release the valuable animal back into its natural habitat.