Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle #17-1594

Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle #17-1594
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May 12 2017

A juvenile Kemp's Ridley sea turtle was admitted to the clinic after being found trapped in a shrimp net. The patient was emaciated and barely alive due to near drowning. Over the first 24 hours the turtle was kept at a 30 degree angle to allow as much saltwater to drain from its body that it had swallowed. It will be closely monitored for secondary effects of near drowning such as pnuemonia.

Status Updates

Moved to Larger Pool - May 19 2017 3:52 pm

The young turtle was moved outside to one of the large pools in the sea turtle complex. It has improved past a critical stage associated with near drowning, however is still at risk for pneumonia and is being treated with antibiotics.

Eating and Improving - May 25 2017 8:22 am

The young Kemp's has been eating well and gaining strength. It was provided enrichment in the pool to give it areas to hide and reduce the stress on the animal. For a story on this patient and another sea turtle being treated at CROW visit