The fire brigade in Bangkok has come to the aid of dozens of turtles which live in a pond next to the city's famous Marble Temple.
Marble Temple PAN TO pond
Dead turtles in water
Monks point to water
CU Dead turtle
Rubbish in water
Monks PAN DOWN TO water
Turtles still alive in water (3 shots)
Abbot talks to man
Testing water (2 shots)
Raft thrown into water
Man poking turtles with stick
Turtles onto raft
Fresh water pumped into canal
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Background: The fire brigade in Bangkok has come to the aid of dozens of turtles which live in a pond next to the city's famous Marble Temple.
To Buddhists, the turtle is a symbol of long life. So, for thirty years Bangkok Buddhists have been releasing turtles in the pond to ensure their own longevity.
The longevity doesn't seem to have worked for the turtles who lately have been dying in large numbers because of increasing pollution in the pond.
Water tests showed that unless something was done quickly all the turtles would die. A raft was built so the creatures could at least eat and rest out of the water.
Then, the fire brigade moved in to fill the pond with fresh water.
SYNOPSIS: Bangkok's Marble Temple is a popular and famous shrine in the heart of the Thai capital. But next to it is a pond - which for naturalists has become something of a nightmare. The pond has been well stocked with turtles -- but has become so polluted that they have been dying in large numbers. Ironically, the turtles were placed in the pond by devout Buddhists -- who believe the creatures are the symbol of long life.
Months had elapsed since the water had been changed -- and street rubbish gradually poisoned the pond Street hawkers and tourists could be largely responsible for the pollution, as many ha??? been dumping rubbish in the pond for about eight months.
Water tests snowed a critical level of pollution. Scientists warned that unless something was done quickly all the turtles would die.
A raft was placed in the water so the surviving turtles could at least eat and rest out of the pond.
Food was placed on the raft to help revive the dying turtles.
Then came help from the Bangkok Fire Brigade. It completely emptied the pond, cleaned it out -- and refilled it with fresh water.