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Find the turtle, and make it snappy!

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The hunt is on for a turtle that attacked a child in a lake in southern Germany.

The eight year old boy was bitten twice on the ankle, injuring his achilles tendon.

The popular summer-holiday lake in the town of Irsee was drained and cordoned off.

Volunteers and members of the local fire brigade have been searching the mud and long grass for the animal.

Fire chief Thomas Reuter said: “We know a little bit about the turtle. It is very aggressive so we are using that to our advantage. We are going in with fire beaters and are flattening the grass and we hope that it will then show itself because it is so feisty.”

The local mayor has also offered a reward for the alligator snapping turtle, which has been nicknamed Lotti.

It was identified by experts from the shape of the teeth marks on the victim’s leg.

Authorities believe the turtle must have been released into the lake by its owner, something which has left local residents angry.

“We, the people of Irsee, are annoyed by whoever has done this because this is one of our nicest lakes for swimming. I think that it is irresponsible of whoever did this,” said local Guenther Oberweiler.