- Patient Status
- Released on January 30, 2020
- Date Found
- August 22, 2019
- Cedar Key, Levy County, Florida
- Reason for Rescue
- Found floating
- 18.5 kg (40.7 lbs)
- SCL (Straight Carapace Length)
- 55.5 cm
- Exam Findings
- Active and good body condition. There are wounds on her plastron (bottom portion of shell) most likely from a boat strike.
- Initial Treatment
- Received vitamins, fluids, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory medications
Charlie is a sub-adult Kemp’s ridley who was found floating offshore near the Cedar Key area in Levy County. Charlie arrived at CMA on August 22, 2019. It was discovered during Charlie’s intake exam that she has what are most likely boat strike injuries to her plastron (the bottom portion of her shell). Her initial treatment consists of vitamins, fluids, antibiotics, and anti-inflammatory medications.
- Interesting Fact
- It is very rare for us to get this life stage of Kemp’s ridleys in our hospital!
- Naming Theme
- Volunteer choice
Bloodwork was sent out to the lab and first swim test was performed. It was observed that patient is buoyant.
Went for a CT scan. A procedure was performed to help remove the excess air that is causing her to float. Her buoyancy has improved some.
Continuing to do glucose checks and fluids if needed.
Seen resting on the bottom of her rehab pool!
She is starting to eat well. Beginning diet.
Continuing to do well. We are monitoring her plastron wound healing progress.
Moved to a larger rehab pool!
Charlie is continuing to do well. Plastron wound is healing great.
A wound care procedure was performed on Charlie’s plastron (the bottom portion of the shell) to promote better and proper healing. Procedure went well!
The wound on Charlie’s plastron looks great, but still needs some time to heal. We have offered Charlie a blue crab on different occasions, and she quickly eats them!
Charlie has received a clean bill of health from our veterinary team!
Charlie was released at Fred Howard Park.
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