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.
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.