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Japan Railways Build Turtle Tunnels
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Japan Railways Build Turtle Tunnels

Japanese railroad companies recently installed a wonderful way to keep turtles safe when they try to cross their train tracks – a turtle tunnel that passes under the tracks.

When crossing tracks, turtles can get crushed by trains or get stuck in track switches, causing delays. These tunnels solve problems for humans and turtles alike! They were developed in a partnership between Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe and the West Japan Railway Company.

More info: sumasui.jp (h/t: rocketnews24, neatorama)

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Ivy
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6 years ago

In the Czech Republic we have something similar for frogs. It is in Brno under the road in Žebětín village.

KittyCat
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6 years ago

Oh the one turtle is upside down :(

SylviaChristinePaul
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6 years ago

Cool. Turtles can crawl out of a tunnel like that no problem. Though the one on its back should have been turned over right away because that's how they can die from collapsing their lungs

MichelleLabbeBurnore
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6 years ago

There is a person standing right there (you can see his boot). If the turtle behind the capsized one doesn't flip his friend, I'm sure the guy will. And yes, these were more than likely built for water drainage, but turtles are clever creatures, and likely started using them on their own. Now the engineers are modifying the design to accommodate the turtles.

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Ivy
Community Member
6 years ago

In the Czech Republic we have something similar for frogs. It is in Brno under the road in Žebětín village.

KittyCat
Community Member
6 years ago

Oh the one turtle is upside down :(

SylviaChristinePaul
Community Member
6 years ago

Cool. Turtles can crawl out of a tunnel like that no problem. Though the one on its back should have been turned over right away because that's how they can die from collapsing their lungs

MichelleLabbeBurnore
Community Member
6 years ago

There is a person standing right there (you can see his boot). If the turtle behind the capsized one doesn't flip his friend, I'm sure the guy will. And yes, these were more than likely built for water drainage, but turtles are clever creatures, and likely started using them on their own. Now the engineers are modifying the design to accommodate the turtles.

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