Japan builds turtle tunnels to prevent railway deaths

Japan has come up with a unique way in which to avoid local turtles becoming stuck in the railway tracks (a problem which causes both travel delays and a nasty end for the turtle).

In the Kyoto and Nara area, turtles commonly cause disruptions when they get trapped in the iron switches, and so a partnership was established between Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe and the West Japan Railway Company.

The ingenious little tunnels have been installed so that the turtles can move safely alongside the tracks (see below video).

This isn’t the first time that clever bridges and crossings have been made for animals. Check out these 12 outstanding animal crossings from around the world.

Colin J McCracken

Colin J McCracken is a content designer, editor and writer from Ireland. Giving form and function to the My Good Planet vision, it has been his role to design and develop the online platform, content and presence of the project.

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