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Turtle vs. car: a success story in pictures


As happens from time to time, folks bring us injured wildlife to see if we can help. This turtle was found in Lanesville after being hit by a car as she tried to cross the road (…to get to the other side!).

 

She sustained a significant crack on the top part of her shell (ie carapace). Nonetheless, she was quite stable and active, proving just how resilient she was and how well protected she was by her shell.

 

 

We treated her with fluids, antibiotics and pain medication, and secured the edges of her fractured shell after flushing and cleaning her wounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here she is with a strap of medical grade bandage tape that we placed to keep the fracture reduced while the sealant dried on her shell.

 

 

 

 

She did great overnight, and after lots of monitoring and TLC from our technician Erin, was released the next day into a different pond far away from all roads and cars.

 

She has since been spotted in her new home swimming around and sunning herself like the good old days 🙂

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raycahill

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July 5th, 2012

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Snappa!


Meet Snappa! She’s a huge snapping turtle that lives in Day Pond next to our hospital. We’re not sure if she’s the same girl that we patched up last year with a carapace cast after being hit by a car on Eastern Ave, but she sure is just as big.

 

 

 

As you can see in this picture taken by our technician Erin, she emerged from the pond and decided our front lawn was a suitable place to lay her eggs. Why she chose to be so close to the busy street is a mystery, but perhaps it was the Snickers bar wrapper that lured her to the spot! Take note that there was en empty beer can just a few feet away out of the frame of this picture, so perhaps she had picked the perfect location after all!

We’ll be keeping an eye out for the parade of toddling little turtles after they hatch and make their way down to the pond. Too cute!!!

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raycahill

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June 19th, 2012

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Back to the flock: the hope of a resilient seagull . . .


He came to us dehydrated, weak and underweight with a severely injured leg and a hole in his beak where a fish hook had just been removed. That’s a tough day by any standard. And yet, this this gull had no intention of giving up. We took an x-ray out of concern that he might have have air trapped beneath his skin (aka subcutaneous emphysema) secondary to a ruptured air sac. Fortunately, his radiographs showed no sign of it, so off he went to a local rehabber for hydration, nutritional support and the nursing care he’ll need to help get him back to the flock.

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raycahill

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April 6th, 2012

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