Curtis the Broad-Shelled Turtle - 1st March 2013
Age: Adult Sex: Female Weight: 1.26kg
Found: With a fish hook embedded in her mouth in central Queensland and taken to a Rockhampton vet clinic. Unfortunately by the time Curtis arrived at the vet she had swallowed the hook.
Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a member of the public who was kind enough to act as an animal ambulance from Rockhampton to Beerwah!
Veterinary Assessment: Curtis was found to be bright and alert, with no wounds and no fishing line visible externally. After taking an x-ray Dr Bec found the small hook was positioned inside of Curtis' stomach.
Treatment: Dr Bec initially attempted to move the hook with food as often such small items will move through the digestive tract without issue. However, on re-examination it could be seen that it hadn't moved and the hook was removed via surgery.
Outcome: Curtis recovered well from the procedure and is continuing her post-operative care in the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital Reptile ICU. Once Curtis has fully healed and is eating well again she will be transported back to Rockhampton and released back into her home territory.
AZWH Fact: Last month alone, 12 patients were admitted to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital due to entanglement in netting or fishing tackle! Please be responsible when fishing and clean up around our waterways.
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