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Get Shelled: A Tale of Testudine Rehabilitation

Oct 21 '12
Siesta, a juvenile Green Sea Turtle eating some of her lunch - delicious romaine lettuce!In other volunteering news, the Gopher Tortoise I was hoping to be able to release, Mufasa, was released Friday. Exciting for him, but a bit sad for me since I’d hoped to be the one to do it since he was so near me. Oh well!I DID however, get to name my very first Gopher Tortoise today! We had two and Jackie named the male Charles. So, immediately, Camilla came to mind. And if you don’t get it, brush up on your English royalty. So, there, I’ve named my first animal at the facility!Also, we have a bunch of washbacks now plus a few hatchlings. The Green from last week is the only non-Loggerhead. I also found two of the little Logger washbacks without a pulse when I cleaned this afternoon. Sad, but that’s life, unfortunately. When they’re washbacks, they usually are injured or lacking in some way or another.Lastly, I was able to hold Shakira for her fluids and tubing this afternoon. And she nearly pooped on me. Ah, the life of someone working with animals. :]

Siesta, a juvenile Green Sea Turtle eating some of her lunch - delicious romaine lettuce!

In other volunteering news, the Gopher Tortoise I was hoping to be able to release, Mufasa, was released Friday. Exciting for him, but a bit sad for me since I’d hoped to be the one to do it since he was so near me. Oh well!

I DID however, get to name my very first Gopher Tortoise today! We had two and Jackie named the male Charles. So, immediately, Camilla came to mind. And if you don’t get it, brush up on your English royalty. So, there, I’ve named my first animal at the facility!

Also, we have a bunch of washbacks now plus a few hatchlings. The Green from last week is the only non-Loggerhead. I also found two of the little Logger washbacks without a pulse when I cleaned this afternoon. Sad, but that’s life, unfortunately. When they’re washbacks, they usually are injured or lacking in some way or another.

Lastly, I was able to hold Shakira for her fluids and tubing this afternoon. And she nearly pooped on me. Ah, the life of someone working with animals. :]