Vietnam mourns death of sacred turtle and speculates on omens for ruling communists

The death of a venerated turtle in Vietnam has led to an outpouring of national grief – and has unnerved communist rulers gathering in Hanoi for a rare party congress.

So inauspicious was the timing of the giant reptile’s demise that state media removed initial coverage about the death, apparently under pressure from communist authorities.

  • Shebel

    The Vietnamese are good people and make wonderful immigrants.

    Are they Asian last this last bunch that are never happy?

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    They still ate the poor bugger.

    • Ouch!

    • Alain

      Why not? No need to waste.

    • luna

      Indeed, Cua Rua was held in such high esteem that officials may decide to honour the turtle in the same manner as the country’s famous and human independence hero Ho Chi Minh – by embalming it.

      The turtle would be preserved at the Vietnam National Museum, while the embalmed remains of Ho Chi Minh lie in state in a mausoleum that is a place of pilgrimage for Vietnamese.