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Old 07-28-2008, 10:12 PM   #1
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Turtle rescue 911....

Did we do the right thing?

My step-dad in law saw this poor thing on the road on its back baking in the sun. He brought it with him here, DH put it in the kiddie pool w/ a little water for awhile to make sure it's back legs were still going to work.
Once it started trying to get out of the pool a few hours later they put some ultra-man-type super glue on the cracked shell, let it dry and set it free by the creek.

Do you think it'll be ok? I love turtles. We have a huge hawk living in our trees, do you think it was food? I wish I coulda put a GPS on it.

Oh, please excuse the kids artwork on the pick-a-nik table. Note to self, washable means skin with soap.

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Old 07-28-2008, 10:14 PM   #2
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Poor thing... :( I hope it is okay... A few months ago I saw a big turtle on the side of the highway (what you guys call a freeway) and I ALMOST stopped to pick it up and turn it around.... but by the time I decided to I was too far.. I still feel the guilt :(
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Old 07-28-2008, 11:17 PM   #3
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I did competative gymnastics and rollerskating from 4yrs old till I was about 14.. and we traveled constantly going to competitions.. My mom and I would keep a box on the floor behind my seat JUST for turtles we found. We'd be driving along and see one, mom would pull over on the shoulder, hold my hand, and we'd run out and grab it and take it home. My dad built me a special cage in our backyard where I kept them. Then every fall, we would set them free for the winter at a park. Anyways, We found one once that had a cracked shell, and, although we didn't glue it, it did survive. We even saw it at the park a year after we let it go. So i'm pretty sure the turtle will be fine.. I would only be concerned about the glue hurting it?... but it may not. I don't know. :)
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Old 07-28-2008, 11:19 PM   #4
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Maybe it depends on the severity? Also if there are predators... :(
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Old 07-28-2008, 11:21 PM   #5
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Bless you for taking this guy in and caring for him. Turtles are very hard to keep in captivity. And looking at that crack, it is hard to tell if he will make it. The worst thing would be secondary infections. I suspect he was run over. As for the super-glue... a vet probably would have used something similar.
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:24 AM   #6
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haha BT... it was discussed....DH and S-FIL of course.
but there were 9 of us here and the little thing just wasn't enough to share.
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Old 07-29-2008, 07:01 AM   #8
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Well, I don't know for sure, suzi, but it sounds to me as if your S-FIL and you both did the right thing to help the poor little guy!

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Absolutely. But I would drop him off at a vet, with no obligation to you.
I see turtles in our roads all the time. The first time, I stopped to pick him up and put him by the edge of the canal and it scratched me. (They are strong little buggers) That scratch became very infected. I made sure, from then on, I kept gloves in the truck. They have come in handy many times. I also keep
antibacterial wipes in the truck.
Make sure you wash your hand each time you handle this poor baby.
His shell needs mending. It will not heal on its own and they carry alot of bacterial stuff that will kill him. It needs antibiotics, and they have a way of concocting some kind of plaster/plastic mold to seal his wound and keep out bacteria.
It's not fair to let him stay in that condition.
You rescued him from the road, but you need to do the next step. The animal is suffering.
Please don't let that critter continue to suffer.

Good luck wth your new critter.

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Is there a wildlife rehabilitation near you ? You could phone them and ask what to do.
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