Medical Mayhem!

20 Feb

On 2.19.12 we received a Musk Turtle that had been kept as an illegal pet. We quickly found that he was septic, which is fancy for saying he has bacteria infection in the bloodstream. This can be caused by environmental stresses, such as not enough heat or poor sanitation. Symptoms can include loss of weight, lethargy, and a pink/red tinted skin and plastron. Going untreated can cause death. He will be going on the same medication our rehab E. Box Turtle is on and we will be doing what we can for the critter in hopes to release him in the spring.

You can see how pink his skin and plastron (belly) are! An example of how taking an animal from the wild can be detrimental to his health!!!

Our rehab E. Box Turtle is having a rough time. He still has a fluid filled pocket under his skin that we can’t seem to get rid of. The Vet came and took a look at him and thinks he could possibly have a kidney problem. We will continue with his medicine in hopes he’ll get better.

Check out our Wildlife Rehab News board located just outside the Wildlife Center! Here you can see updates on our current rehab critters and also share a story/experience/memory you have of our recently deceased female Barred Owl. Feel free to post them here as well. I look forward to hearing all your wonderful stories. We are also taking donations in her honor!

UPDATE: Ruby, our resident Red-Tailed Hawk, is feeling much better after some TLC. She is off her medication and we are currently working on getting her leg healed up. Hopefully in the next couple weeks you will see her outdoors again.

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2 Responses to “Medical Mayhem!”

  1. Spiral Dreamer (Francis) February 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Interesting fact about turtles. Thank for sharing.

  2. Finn Holding February 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Hello BNC,

    I think the work you guys do is wonderful, it’s great to know there are folk out there looking after sick animals. Especially ones like your poor musk turtle who should not be kept as a pet (What the hell is wrong with people that need to own wild animals? I’ll never understand it).

    Thankyou for swinging by ‘thenaturephile’ and signing up as a follower.

    Keep up the good work and best wishes

    Finn

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