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BEAR II



Kemp's Ridley

Lepidochelys kempi

Juvenile


ADMIT
June 15, 2009
RELEASED

Weight 3.9  kg  
SCL: 30.5 cm
SCW: 27.2 cm  

THE STRANDING Found near Bear Island, lethargic with swollen left eye.
THE TREATMENT Began to eat when food was offered June 19.  Sight might be compromised in left eye.
July 11, 2009
 
Plastron begins to heal. 
July 2010
Bear II had a tough winter working on getting her flippers moving correctly.
 
SEPT 2010
Bear II upgraded to larger accommodations and she is loving it.
JAN 2010
Bear's appetit is increasing and expanding.  She uses her front flippers in a limited way to swim around the tank.  Each day is better than the day before.

CLICK HERE A    CLICK HERE B 
for underwater video of the cutest turtle in the house (she and I have come a long way)
DEC 2011
Bear enjoyed a long summer as the number 2 turtle on the tour.  She continues to improve.  Her favorite food is crab and sometimes refuses other food when crab is not available.
Winter 2012
This turtle has come a long way.  It has taken three years to resolve the flipper issues.  Indulging in a personal note, BearII is a favorite of yours truly and each day of improvement brings her one day closer to the goal of release.  After all of time spent coaxing her to eat, dealing with hunger strikes when all she wanted was crab to eat, and watching her improve, it will be very difficult to say good-bye this summer.