Death of rare turtle leaves only 3 remaining in the world
Last one remaining in the world
The animal was one of four Yangtze giant softshell turtles known to be remaining in the world.
The Suzhou zoo, where the female turtle lived, also houses a male Yangtze giant softshell turtle. The other two live in Vietnam, but their genders are unknown.
It said experts have already used technology to collect the turtle's ovarian tissue for future research.
The state-run People's Daily reported that the turtle was over 90 years old and had undergone a fifth attempt at artificial insemination shortly before she died.
Artificial insemination, failed?
But the turtle died the following day.
In pic - Researchers attempt artificial insemination on a female Yangtze giant softshell turtle at a zoo in Suzhou in eastern China's Jiangsu province. The only known female member of one of the world's rarest turtle species.
Most endangered turtle
The species is often referred to as the most endangered turtle in the world.