Japanese culture and their thinking process is quite fascinating, especially for foreigners. When I think of Japan the first thing that comes to my mind is Sushi and sumo wrestling. But people in Japan have proved to be very thoughtful and considerate towards animals. The railroad companies have taken an extra step to protect the turtles in their country.
1. The exceptionally slow moving animals often get wedged in between train track which not only causes delay to the passengers but they also end up losing their life.
2. West Japan Railway Co. and Suma Aqualife Park were the brains behind fitting 5 “turtle tunnels.” These U shaped structures help us in protecting these animals for our future generations.
A routine check is done on monthly basis by the railway staff to pull out the turtles that may have fallen in.
These tunnels are now prevailing at two places in Nara Prefecture in April and November. They have managed to save 10 turtles so far. A good start, I must say!
“The system prevents turtles from getting into accidents and avoids causing trouble for our passengers. We hope to continue using it,” said a railway official.