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Franklin the Krefft's Turtle   - 2nd December 2012

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Franklin the Krefft's Turtle

Age: 1 Sex: Unknown Weight: 6g

Found: Over 9 months ago at Hilliers Creek, Ormiston, by a member of the public and kept as a pet.

Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a wildlife rehabilitator from the Ormiston area after being surrendered.

Veterinary Assessment: Franklin's small size indicates the little turtle was malnourished, with thick algae covering the shell. X-rays found there was luckily no evidence of metabolic bone disease.

Treatment: The nursing staff monitored Franklin's self-feeding ability after Dr Bec placed the turtle in an enclosure fitted with a UV light to assist in processing calcium.

Outcome: After 3 months at the AZWH, Franklin spent 6 months with a reptile carer and currently weighs a healthy 20g. Franklin is now ready for release back into the wild!

AZWH Fact: Native animals should never be removed from the wild to be kept as pets. Although turtles have very hard shells that serve as good protection against predators, they are very sensitive to touch. These creatures should always be handled gently!



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