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LITTLE SUNNY


KEMP'S RIDLEY

Lepidochelys kempi

Juvenile


ADMIT

RELEASED

Weight   kg  
SCL:  cm  
SCW:  cm

THE STRANDING

Sick turtles rarely come in with their medical histories in-flipper. Some cases, like a boat impact or predatory injury are obvious, and we have standard treatment protocols that are immediately put into place. Fishing gear entanglements and snagged, visible hooks also have standard treatments. It’s the stuff we don’t know about that keeps us tossing and turning at night.
 

Experience has taught us that, if a turtle comes in with a hook in its mouth there’s a good chance that it isn’t the first time there was opportunistic feeding off the old fishing pole. Fortunately we have the support of local professionals like Dr. Deb Wicks and her staff at the Surf City Pet Hospital who have the tools to check out our hunches. When Kemp’s “Little Sunny” was admitted with verified information that she had swallowed a hook we schlepped her down the road to have a look at her insides. Not only did we see the hook we knew she had swallowed but there was a second hook further down in her elimination tract. While ingested hooks, especially the stainless steel ones that never degrade, are definitely not a good thing at least Little Sunny’s was pointed in the right direction. The rounded end was headed “out” and there was a pretty good chance that, given enough oily fish and squid it would eventually pass without snagging. After months of watching and waiting without seeing the “prize inside” it’s time to take this critter back for another look-see.

Our goal for our new facility is to radiograph every turtle that comes through our doors. It will be standard protocol to find out for sure whether there are any surprises underneath their carapace. One of our volunteers has been trained to operate a digital radiograph, and other professionals have volunteered their time to review and report on the findings. We’re praying that, because we’re building a special room for this equipment “it will come.” We know that many individuals and businesses prefer that their donation be for a specific purpose. If you’re of this mind now is your chance to know exactly how your money will be working for our turtles. If you’re a medical professional upgrading your digital equipment we promise to give your current machine a very good home!


THE TREATMENT






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