Miracle update

August 21, 2006

Well, Miracle is still hanging in there. At this point, nutrition is an issue because the turtle is not eating at all. We have placed food directly in the mouth hoping it will decide to eat. This technique has been used to encourage other turtles to eat – Thud and Helmut come to mind. But Miracle is not having any of it and spits the food back out.

Last Friday we did tube feed Miracle in an attempt to provide some nutrition. We feed a mixture of prescription pet food and water through a tube we insert down the esophagus. It appears to have gone well and so we will likely start tubing this turtle 2 or 3 times a week until it begins to eat on its own.

Miracle – thanks to Chris Johnson for the photo.