Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Snapping Turtle

Godzilla is a Snapping Turtle that presented to the clinic on September 28th with a fractured carapce (the top portion of the shell.) The team decided to get radiographs (x-rays) to evaluate the fracture and the possible lung damage. (A turtle's lungs sit right up against the top of their shell.) While looking at the radiographs, the team found another problem with Godzilla. He had a fish hook somewhere inside his body! Godzilla had surgery to remove the hook, and his shell fracture is beginning to heal. Hopefully, he'll be able to be transferred to a rehabilitation facility soon.
Godzilla's Radiograph from September 29th
Snapping Turtle Surgery
Godzilla Sx
Gozdilla sx
The Fish Hook Removed from Godzilla
Godzilla Hook
Gozilla with Members of his Team
Godzilla post op
Godzilla on October 14th (You can see his shell fracture in this photo.)
Godzilla 10/14

1 comment:

Stacy said...

Godzilla left our clinic this past weekend, making his way back home in Illinois. He was healthy as, well, a snapping turtle! It is important for turtles to be released in the same location they were found, so one of the team members transported him.