- Patient Status
- Released on October 16, 2019.
- Date Found
- September 10, 2019
- Hudson, Pasco County, Florida.
- Reason for Rescue
- Hook ingestion.
- 2.98 kg (6.56 lbs).
- SCL (STRAIGHT CARAPACE LENGTH):
- 28.2 cm.
- EXAM FINDINGS:
- Alert and active. The fishing hook was attached to a line coming from her mouth. She is missing her right rear flipper but it is completely healed.
- INITIAL TREATMENT:
- Received fluids, vitamins, and anti-inflammatory medications.
Flip is a juvenile Kemp’s ridley who was caught by a fisherman in Hudson, FL, in Pasco County. She arrived at CMA on September 10, 2019. X-rays revealed the circle hook was not too far down the esophagus and was successfully removed without surgery! However, the fishing line was cut at her mouth prior to her arrival. We recommend that the fishing line be left long and taped to the turtle’s carapace (shell) to prevent any further ingestion. We are optimistic for a quick recovery for Flip!
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- Naming Theme
- Volunteer Choice
Placed in a pool in our rehab area and is swimming very well!
Ate all of sample diet offered! Will start on diet tomorrow!
Went for CT scan and did well.
Continuing to eat well.
Flip has received a clean bill of health from our vet team! Cleared for release by FWC.
Released at Fred Howard Park!
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