Giant rake ordered in search for suspected alligator turtle

Sept. 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

IRSEE, Germany, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Officials in a German village said they are planning to use a giant rake in an attempt to find a suspected alligator turtle in a local pond.

Irsee Mayor Andreas Lieb said authorities have been trying in vain to find the animal, nicknamed Lotti, that bit an 8-year-old boy through the Achilles tendon while he was swimming in Oggenrieder pond three weeks ago and the village blacksmith has now been commissioned to create a giant rake to search for the turtle, German newspaper Bild reported via a translator.

Lieb said the rake will be available in three or four weeks.

Lotti is suspected of being either an alligator snapping turtle or a common snapping turtle.

Lieb said alligator snapping turtles, native to the United States, are experts at camouflage and can hide out for more than two hours without food.

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