Monday, October 6, 2008

Turtle Releases!

At the beginning of the semester, we had more turtles in the clinic than usual. In the last two weeks, two of those turtles were released! First, a red-eared slider affectionately named Seabottom. She came in with a hook through her esophagus and some problems with the bottom portion of her shell (called the plastron). We removed the hook and treated her shell for about two months. Two weeks ago, we were able to release her in Crystal Lake park.

Kerry Packing up Seabottom
Kerry and Seabottom

Seabottom just previous to release
Seabottom Release
The second turtle release happened this past weekend. Team 7's box turtle came in with an injured leg. The leg had to be amputated, but the turtle was able to get along fine without it. She was taken back to where she was found in Indiana and released. Thanks for the pictures Team 7!
Box Turtle Amputation Surgery

Box Turtle After Recovery
Box Turtle Post-op

Box Turtle Release
Team 7 Box Turtle Release
Team 7 Box Turtle Release

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