Gizmo came to us weighing in at just 79 lbs, extremely emaciated as a result of an intestinal impaction. During the first two weeks, Gizmo didn’t eat much but he was able to pass his impaction. After his impaction passed, his weight dropped to 73 lbs so we were still very worried about his condition.
Gizmo arrives on October 20, 2013:
In the past two weeks, Gizmo has really made some big strides. Now that he is feeling better, he is very hungry and weighed in today at 86 lbs! His many open wounds and sores are quickly filling in with scar tissue and he has stopped floating as well! His first couple of weeks in our care we were very worried about him and it’s been amazing to see this turtle make a great recovery.
Early Sunday morning a man named Dennis rescued a tiny Loggerhead turtle that was found floating just outside of his house boat. The little turtle was floating and wouldn’t move when Dennis got close so he decided to call for help.
A post-hatchling Loggerhead should be floating along in the Gulf Stream, miles offshore, and not washed in against a dock. The Florida Keys experienced very strong winds the past week that likely blew the turtle in to shore and he ran out of energy. We’ll be getting him re-energized and back on track in no time! Dennis decided to name the turtle “Jose”.
This patient of the week is Captain Z! After coming in covered in tumors a few months ago, he is now tumor free and waiting out his time in a section of our tidal pool. As long as his tumors don’t grow back within a year time period, he will be released!
Gizmo, an 80 lb. Loggerhead came to us severely emaciated on October 20th. We found that the turtle had a bad intestinal blockage of sand and sponge preventing him from defecating or eating.
Gizmo has had a great appetite and with the help of lactulose added to his squid, he has started pass his impaction.
Now that the blockage is moving, quite a bit of intestinal gas is causing him to float on his left side. Therefore, we have attached some foam to the ride side of the carapace to keep him even while swimming and from dragging along on the tank bottom. Because he is so emaciated, his shell is soft, very fragile, and wounded. The bottom of his shell, or plastron, has a very large wound that is cleaned and re-bandaged every day while he is kept on a foam rack.
Staff is able to access the wound through a hole cut in the foam while Gizmo receives his medication. He continues to make progress every day!
This past Tuesday, Turtle Hospital staff were very busy with seven surgeries on turtles with the fibropapilloma virus. These turtles were mainly suffering from eye tumors and were evaluated to see if vision was still present in these affected eyes or not.
Dr. Mader working his magic!
Ron, Hook, Archie, and Elena all went under anesthesia to have their eye tumors removed. All were successful and these turtles are still deemed as being releasable after they reach their one year time period of going tumor free. Hook and Elena are now tumor free so their year has begun but Ron and Archie still have various other tumors around their flippers that are waiting removal. Unfortunately, poor Dennis who came in a few weeks ago had large tumors growing over his cornea thus impairing his vision and deeming him non-releasable. Luna and Jack were also evaluated and will continue to be, based on some cloudy substances around the cornea. Both appear to still be able to find their food in their tank though.
Rehabbers Marie and Devin checking heart rates, breathing for the turtles, and ensuring they wake up successfully from their anesthesia
A BIG BIG BIG THANK YOU goes out to our awesome veterinarian Dr. Doug Mader for donating about six hours of his time that day to get the majority of our turtles up to par on their tumor removals. Also to our Turtle Hospital staff who worked almost a twelve hour day ensuring these guys were awake and functioning before we called it a night.