The Turtle Hospital. Rescue, Rehab, Release.

Welcome to Colorado!

Colorado is a 161-pound loggerhead that was admitted to the hospital on March 25th with four boat propeller strikes toward the rear of his shell. He was found floating just north of Cudjoe Key by Mark and Charlotte Sampson while they were fly fishing from their boat. Upon arriving at the Hospital, it was pretty clear to staff that he was going to have a long road ahead of him. The boat propeller struck Colorado several times, unfortunately causing severe spinal damage. Dr. Doug Mader was in the next day to debride the wound and stabilize the shell. After evaluating Colorado, Dr. Mader determined he would never be released back in the wild. We are going to make Colorado’s life as good as we possibly can while he is here recovering from his boat strike. As soon as he is strong enough, we will begin searching for a facility, like a zoo or an aquarium, that can give Colorado a good quality life.  Thank you very much to Mark and Charlotte Sampson for saving Colorado’s life! Who knows how long he may have been out there suffering from his injuries!

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