Dr. Doug Mader was in today to assess Good Hope’s condition. The critically endangered, pregnant hawksbill from St. Croix is now set to receive doses of Vitamin B and C throughout the week. Though we are trying to keep external physical stressors from inhibiting Good Hope’s recovery process, her body is still in a lot of physical stress due to the wounds and infections as well as the demanding load of eggs inside her that require their own nutrition. Vit B will replenish some of those nutrients that are more quickly used up during periods of high stress. Vit C will boost the turtle’s immune system to aid in the healing process. So for all those little kids out there following Good Hope’s progress, remember: Good Hope takes her vitamins, and you should, too!
Up to now, she has laid 38 eggs of which 32 are incubating as potentially viable.