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Wounded rare Chinese paddlefish released into sea
2007-06-17 04:37:09 Xinhua English

SHANGHAI, June 17 (Xinhua) -- A 212-kilogram Chinese paddlefish, an extremely rare species that is native to China, was released on Sunday into the sea at the mouth of the Yangtze River after recovering wounds caused by fishers.

The Chinese paddlefish gained six kilograms since it was brought to the Shanghai Chinese Paddlefish Nature Reserve in Jan., said a reserve official.

The paddlefish was caught by fishermen at the river mouth on Jan. 18. It was bleeding before being given multiple and emergency treatment.

Also on Sunday, 150 artificially bred Chinese paddlefish were released at the Yangtze River mouth.

The rare fish is on the verge of extinction and is on China's top protection list.

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