Treat a Turtle


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Treat Harry




Harry, a green turtle, arrived at our turtle rehab centre 21 October 2020, from Stillbaai, weighing 13,5 kg. We noticed that he had nasty damage on his shell. Not open wounds, but rather shell rot – an infection underneath the scutes of the carapace. We needed to take off a large number of his scutes to clean his wounds and be able to treat them properly.

Whilst incredibly weak and clearly fighting intense infection, Harry has pushed through- like the magical turtle he is!

His recovery is slow, as he has much healing to do and this takes huge energy. We are making sure he is comfortable while this happens, that he has a nice warm clean tank, some space to take deep breaths and move his flippers, and yummy snacks throughout the day. Harry has only made two poos since arriving, but this already contained plastic. He is swimming well, but we will be doing further medical tests and x-rays to see whether there are any underlying conditions.

We are proud of how this magnificent turtle is chugging along and are cheerleading him every step of the way!

You can help us treat Harry. Harry is currently not eating all that much, so his needs are more focused on medical treatments, although we do try and entice him with some white mussel and squid every day. You can choose from various donation options. If you just choose the donation, you will receive a certificate from us as a thank you. You can also choose to treat yourself, by opting for a small gift that we can courier to you. This option is only available to people who live in South Africa, at the moment.