Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Myth of breast-sucking turtle resurfaces

Informante [Namibia] | 18 April 2012
Written by Edson Haufiku

The urban myth surrounding a breast-sucking turtle allegedly forced onto
young women by an unknown man has once again resurfaced after a Tsumeb
resident and alleged victim, Lina Sames, related her ordeal on the NBC
Damara/Nama radio service this week. Sames featured on Monday on the
weekly radio programme 'Crime and Society', presented by Johannes
Mushindi, alleging that she was forced by a middle-aged Indian man to
breastfeed a small turtle that grew bigger with every suck.

During the interview conducted by Mushindi and Sergeant Siegfried Geiseb
of the Windhoek City Police, Sames narrated how she hitched a lift from
Tsumeb on 11 April with the alleged perpetrator to visit a friend in
Otavi, 60 kilometers away. After the visit to Otavi, the two reportedly
returned to Tsumeb together, agreeing to meet the following day at a
popular hotel. On 12 April, Sames and her new acquaintance purportedly
drove towards Grootfontein before coming to a halt half-way between the
two towns.

Sames, a domestic worker, related how the mysterious man suddenly produced a live turtle, no bigger than the average grown up's hand and pressed the reptile against the victim's right breast. "It proceeded to suck, while at the same time growing bigger. I was then forced to drink blood from the turtle," a traumatized Sames said.

According to Inspector Kauna Shikwambi of the Police Public Relations
division, Sames was in a state of shock upon admission to the Oshakati
State Hospital and was unable to give a coherent statement to the police.
"I was informed that she was so hysterical that she even left her
medication upon her release on 16 April," says Shikwambi.

Inspector Mathee of the Tsumeb police station also acknowledged the
incident and confirmed to Informanti that a case was opened, but declined
to provide the case number without permission from the Oshikoto Regional
Crime Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Naomi Katjiua. The Commissioner
however denied any knowledge of the strange incident.

A neighbour and friend of Sames, known only as Marianne, also confirmed to
this reporter the factuality of the reported incident. Sames, who has no
mobile and was reported to have been at work at the time of enquiry, could
not be reached for comment. The folklore surrounding the breast-sucking
turtle first surfaced late last year, after a young woman was lured with
the promise of a shopping spree into breast-feeding a turtle on the
northern outskirts of Windhoek. Although she was rumoured to have been
admitted to Windhoek state hospital and later died, this could not be
verified.



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