Candy (Feb 22, 2008)
Home owners in Tavinier reported a turtle floating off the end of their 500 foot dock. Turtle Hospital staff responded and picked up a 156 pound sub adult Loggerhead Sea Turtle. X-rays indicate an intestinal impaction which is being treated with mineral oil and Metamucil. The turtle is eating offered squid which makes oral medications easier. As with all turtles undergoing active treatment, antibiotics and vitamins are also administered by IM injection.
Update – March 8, 2008 Sadly Candy did not make it. Staff performed a necropsy and found a 2.5 by 10 inch hardened mass in the intestine and a great deal of infection.
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