Bobby, a techie, working for an MNC in Bangalore, posted an advertisement putting up an Indian Pond Terrapin on an Internet auction sale.
According to the Indian Wildlife protection act 1972, maiming or causing any harm to an animal enlisted in first schedule of the protection act is illegal.
The ad alerted the wildlife volunteers who posed themselves as buyers and caught him red-handed.
"We were initially shocked to see somebody advertising the Indian Pond Terrapin on a marketing website. Even keeping it is illegal and amounts to violation of the IWA (International Water Association). However, we have manged to rescue the terrapin", C Krishna, manager, People for Animal (PFA) said.
Initially the accused Bobby placed Rs 1,000 as the price tag on the terrapin deal, but later when PFA volunteers approached him for buying it, he demanded more.
Later Bobby profusely apologized for his act and pleaded the volunteers not to arrest him as he would lose his well-paying job. The PFA team let him off with a warning and rescued the Terrapin.