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  • Today we learned that Cua Rua, the giant turtle that has been living in Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake for centuries, has died.

    When we visited Hanoi a few years ago and strolled to the Lake, we saw a large throng of young people rushing to a point at the shore. The turtle had come up from the depths of the water and stuck its head out. There was excitement in the air since a sighting of Cua Rua was and has always been a portent of good luck. Couples kissed, and exchanged vows.

    People are in shock. What will the future bring? There are only two remaining members of this species, one in Vietnam, the other one in China. What will young couples do now in their quest for happiness?

    Image from New York Times January 24, 2016
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