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RANGER


GREEN
Chelonia mydas

Juvenile


ADMIT
AUG 15, 2010
RELEASED

Weight 6.02  kg  
SCL: 38.0 cm  
SCW: 30.7 cm

THE STRANDING The turtle stranded on Cape Lookout, and was brought to Harkers Island Park Service Headquarters by Park Service personnel, hence the name Ranger.  The turtle was transported to NCSU-CMAST by Libby B  for initial assessment by veterinary staff (Drs. Harms and Anderson), and then transported to KBSRRC after the exam.  The turtle was very depressed/lethargic, but did respond some to manipulations.  The left front flipper is completely missing.
An old, healed depression/laceration is located over the caudal carapace, and crosses midline.  There appears to be some movement of the hind flippers, but a full evaluation of these limbs could not be performed due to the depressed nature of the animal.  The turtle is in moderately thin body condition.
 

Assessment and photo courtesy Dr. Craig Harms.
THE TREATMENT Antibiotics and fluids were administered prior to transport.
The amputation site was cleaned and wounds gently debrided.
Antibiotic cream was applied topically.


The wound is carefully cleaned & covered every day.
The turtle receives swim time and eats eats lettuce on her own, in addition to regular hospital fare including squid.


NOV 2010
   
JAN 2011
After months of daily wound care this little turtle is looking good.
The wounds are healing, now if she could only rest on the bottom.  She continues to float "butt up".



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