Green (Chelonia mydas)

Age Class Juvenile
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded November 19, 2016
Location of Stranding Lee County
Date of Arrival November 21, 2016
Number of Days of Care 43 days

Final Disposition



11/19/2016  Animal was accidentally caught by a fisherman in Lee County.  Transported to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife in Sanibel.

11/21/2016  Because this sea turtle has fibropapillomatosis, it was transported to Mote for treatment.  Upon arrival, Buddy had blood work done and received subcutaneous fluids and an injectable antibiotic.  Buddy is now in a tank with low water level and is foraging and eating on his own!

11/26/2016  Buddy continues to eat well and is slightly more active and swimming around more. 

12/23/2016  Buddy is very active and eating well.  Switched animal from injectable antibiotic to an oral antibiotic.  Increased tank to full water depth.  Currently waiting for blood values to stabilize and then will attempt surgery to remove the fibropapilloma tumors present. 

1/03/2017  Buddy had a physical exam and blood work done today in preparation for surgery.  Exam findings showed significant new tumor growth and also an extremely elevated white blood cell count depsite being on antibiotics and an antiviral.  The decision was made to humanely euthanize this animal due to her inability to compensate for the virus. 

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