Yesterday was busy here in turtle world. Sparrow’s hook was removed at Harmony Animal Hospital by Dr. Mettee on her day off – talk about a “busman’s holiday“! Surgery was successful and was filmed by Channel 5 for the evening news. Nothing like working under the glare of a TV camera . . . They did a nice job with the piece and even gave us a plug for the veterinary facilities in the new center.
While waiting for Sparrow to wake up we thought she looked pretty silly with the bite block in her mouth.
Yup, that’s a dog bone and it works great!
In the midst of surgery we got a call that another turtle had come in. This was a little green with a propeller strike to the head. Ouch. There is also damage to the carapace but that is of much less concern. We got an emergency MRI last night with the great people at Jupiter OMI to see how bad the damage is. The damage was not so severe as to warrant an immediate euthanasia (our main concern is not wanting the turtle to suffer if there is no chance of recovery). So we are taking it day-by-day with this turtle. So far it is holding it’s own. By the way, it was named Miracle by our friends at OMI.
There was another turtle here briefly last weekend. It was a small green with fibropapillomatosis. Since we do not treat “pap” turtles here it was slated to go to another facility but sadly it did not survive the night.