Sadly, Lola did not make it. We are in fact a bit surprised because she did appear to be gaining strength and improving. Dr. Mettee saw her on Sunday and was pleased with her progress and we were all hopeful.
It is especially hard to lose the turtles that are at or near adult size. They have survived so much to make it that far and are at a point where they can contribute to the turtle population through reproduction. We don’t like to lose any turtles but these are the toughest.
We will perform a necropsy sometime within the next few weeks to determine the cause of death.