Rare Chinese Giant Salamander Found In River

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Pic shows: This rare giant salamander was found in a local river in China.

A park ranger stumbled upon a prize catch when he spotted a rare giant salamander in a local river in China.

Xiao Pan, 35, was checking local parkland when he spied the huge creature slipping through the water in Heyuan City in southern Chinaís Guangdong Province.

A class II protected species under Chinese law and classified as “critically endangered” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Chinese giant salamander is the largest amphibian in the world, and have been known to reach up to 5.9-feet in length.

Xiao said: “At first I thought it was a trick of the light reflecting off the water.

“But when I looked closer I saw it really was a giant salamander.

“I couldnít believe my eyes.”

Wanting to ensure that the creature was safe, he dashed back to his cabin where he got a net before returning to fish the animal out of the water.

He said: “It was truly to amazing to see.

“It is 2.7-foot long and weighs 5.5kg.

“It is definitely wild as there are no breeders around here.

“And even if there were, the chances that they would let this beauty go are remote to stay the least.

“I shall probably give this to a local zoo to make sure it is not killed.”

Chinese giant salamanders have rapidly decreased in number over the years due to them being one of the most hunted animals in the country. Poachers are able to make a large profit from selling them to restaurants where they are considered a delicacy food.

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