Sunday, November 23, 2014

Worker fixes turtle’s shell

ILE DES CHENES, Man.—A worker at Manitoba’s Wildlife Haven Rehabilitation Centre pulled a “MacGyver” recently after a western painted turtle was brought in with a cracked shell after being run over by a car.
Like the fictional hero of the 1980s TV series, Tiffany Lui had little time—and even fewer resources—to save the badly-injured animal.

She looked around the shelter’s office in Ile des Chenes, Man. and ended up using some nails, a bit of wire, and some glue to put the turtle’s shell back together.
So far it seems to be working—and the turtle is on the mend.
Lui said it probably will take six months to a year for the shell to fuse back together on its own, and then it will be released back into the wild.
For turtles, a broken shell is much like a broken bone for a human.
“We have it on pain management now to hopefully keep it happy,” noted Lui.

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