- Patient Status
- Date Found
- July 24, 2023
- Cedar Key; Levy County
- Reason for Rescue
- Caught by a fisherman, hook ingestion
- 6.89 kg (15.2 lbs)
- SCL (Straight Carapace Length)
- 37.2 cm
- Exam Findings
- Very active and good body condition. The hook is viewable in mouth.
- Initial Treatment
Injera is a juvenile, Kemp’s ridley from Cedar Key area who was accidentally caught by a fisherman and ingested a fish hook. The fishing line was secured (taped) to the carapace to prevent further ingestion of the hook. The hook was successfully removed orally without the need for surgery by our staff veterinarian! We are hopeful for a quick recovery for Injera!
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Injera has recovered well from the hook removal. Radiographs were performed to make sure there weren’t any more hooks consumed. There weren’t any more seen.
Injera was in water half a day and is doing well. Continuing to do glucose checks and giving fluids as needed.
Injera is in water all day and overnight. We have started offering food.
Injera had a recheck exam today. There are no signs of issues from the hook. Injera has received a clean bill of health from our veterinarian!
Injera was successfully released in Cedar Key by our partners at UF!
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