Thurston

Green (Chelonia mydas)

Age Class Subadult
Gender Unknown
Date Stranded January 4, 2018
Location of Stranding Captiva Island, Lee County
Date of Arrival January 5, 2018
Number of Days of Care 14 days
Thurston

01/04/2018  Animal was found floating in a channel near Captiva Island and was brought to Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife for assessment.  Turtle had spider wire fishing line entangled on both flippers and coming out of mouth.  Fishing line was removed from flippers and animal was given subcutaneous fluids and kept in shallow water overnight.

01/05/2018  Because turtle has numerous fibropapilloma tumors present, was transported to Mote for continued rehabilitation.  Radiographs revealed a lot of gas in the GI tract.  Blood work revealed an elevated white blood cell count.  Animal was started on subcutaneous fluids daily until eating and injectable antibiotics.  Removed as much of the line as possible coming out of mouth and tied the rest around a cotton ball in hopes of aiding in the fishing line passing through the GI tract.  Prognosis is guraded because unsure how much damage the fishing line has caused internally.  Animal was placed in rehab. pool in shallow water.

01/06/2018  Thurston ate squid and capelin immediately when offered.  Plan on keeping diet low until animal defecates.  

01/08/2018  Animal did defecate twice yesterday, which is a hopeful sign so far.

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