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Farmers, scientists rally behind endangered turtle

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July 8, 1999
Web posted at: 8:48 a.m. EDT (1248 GMT)

(CNN) -- One of the world's rarest turtles has been thrown a lifeline.

With only eight recorded sightings, the future of the Bellinger River short-necked turtle was looking bleak. But an alliance of community groups, farmers and scientists has been formed to try to protect its last known habitat in northern New South Wales.

Michael Troy of affiliate AUBC has the full story.

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Michael Troy reports on the efforts to save the Bellinger River turtle
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