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Archie a green sea turtle

Name: Archie

Species: Green

Date admitted: May 11, 2018

Stranding location: Sebastian Inlet

Status: In treatment

Admission notes: Archie is a turtle we previously rehabilitated for a boat strike and FP and released in January 2017! As excited as we are to see her, it’s not good she’s back in rehab, this time due to a buoyancy issue.

 

UPDATES

February 13, 2019: Ms. Archie continues to be her awesome little self: spunky, a great eater, always interested in her enrichment devices and great at taking her GI medications (it does help when they’re administered in yummy pieces of fish.) She was pulled for blood evaluations this week and everything seems to be heading in the right direction!

February 6, 2019: Ms. Archie is eating well and continues to utilize her enrichment devices.

January 29, 2019: This turtle continues to heal from osteomyelitis. She is eating well and enjoying all of her enrichment opportunities!

January 23, 2019: Ms. Archie is still eating and using the enrichment in her tank. She continues to heal from osteomyelitis as well.

January 17, 2019: Ms. Archie was recently out for bloodwork and x-rays, and we hope to have those results soon. As always, this curious turtle loves utilizing her enrichment devices. She is also eating well!

January 2, 2019: Ms. Archie loves to use her enrichment devices. We utilize mats that hold her lettuce along the bottom of the pool to encourage her to dive and work on her buoyancy.

January 2, 2019: Ms. Archie continues to be her spunky little self. She is always active, a great eater and constantly shows off her gastrointestinal motility. Ms. Archie is still combatting buoyancy issues, but she is yet to give up on this battle.

December 27, 2018: Ms. Archie is constantly showing off her capabilities by using her tank enrichments to stay submerged. She will continue on GI medications to help combat her floating backside.

December 21, 2018: Small improvements have been made on this turtle’s buoyancy this week! Ms. Archie was observed on multiple occasions laying on the bottom of the pool. Although her backside was stuck up, her front half was resting on the bottom without struggling. Keep it up, girl!

December 10, 2018: Veterinary staff is still optimistic that Ms. Archie could be released once her osteomyelitis has cleared up. Despite her ailment, she continues to show off her swimming skills, zooming around the tank like a NASCAR racer to catch her dandelion greens.

November 29, 2018: Ms. Archie is still working on her buoyancy and is using her PVC enrichment devices. Though we are still treating her osteomyelitis, our veterinary staff is optimistic that she could be released once this has cleared up.

November 15, 2018: Ms. Archie is now in a deeper pool to work on her buoyancy. This turtle received an amazing new enrichment device to help her with this issue that includes weighted shelves for her to wedge under.

November 9, 2018: So far, Ms. Archie seems to be up for the challenge of the deeper tank as she scoots along the bottom for her food.

November 5, 2018: Ms. Archie is getting in a deeper tank next week to see if she can work out her buoyancy issues.

October 29, 2018: Ms. Archie continues to make great progress despite her floating challenges. Her osteomyelitis is still on the mend. Healing from this bone infection is a very slow process, but she is up to the challenge. Ms. Archie loves her tripod scratching post and is working out her buoyancy issues by trying to get under the PVC enrichment in her tank, which allows her to gain strength to stay under the water longer.

October 19, 2018: This rotund turtle continues to make great progress despite her floating challenges. Ms. Archie’s osteomyelitis is still healing and continues to be FP free. Vet staff would like to see her bone issues resolve before taking the next step.

October 5, 2018: Ms. Archie’s vet staff determined no growths needed to be removed during her full checkup. Since altering her diet, the turtle’s bloat has reduced some. The osteomyelitis bone infection in her flipper is healing well.

September 15, 2018: Ms. Archie’s osteomyelitis bone infection is slowing improving. Unfortunately, she has developed a small FP tumor growth that will need to be removed. Archie will be given a full checkup by veterinary staff this week.

August 25, 2018: Ms. Archie’s osteomyelitis bone infection continues to improve.

August 10, 2018: Ms. Archie continues on the path to recovery with the osteomyelitis bone infection in her flipper. We rechecked her blood this week and X-rays of her flipper show some improvement.

July 30, 2018: We conducted X-rays to monitor the infection in Archie’s front left flipper and it’s on the path to healing!

July 23, 2018: The bone infection in Archie’s left front flipper is being treating with a medication and since we know Archie eats everything in sight, she has no problem taking it!

July 15, 2018: Archie continues to have buoyancy issues and we’ve unfortunately discovered a bone infection in her left front flipper. She’s taking an oral antibiotic to treat it.

July 9, 2018: We’re sad to say Archie’s buoyancy issues have returned and she’s spending a lot of time at the surface of her tank. She can dive for food, but pops right back up after taking a bite.

July 2, 2018: Archie is doing well and we’re still communicating with FWC to determine whether or not she will be releasable.

June 20, 2018: Ms. Archie is not floating anymore! She’s still receiving medicine for her GI issues but no longer has to take her antibiotic injection.

June 9, 2018: Archie is still buoyant but is able to swim around the water column a bit easier. She is on a couple different medications to help treat the buoyancy issue. She absolutely loves playing with her PVC itch-toy—she scratches her carapace on it so vigorously, two of them have already broken! We have also caught her climbing on top of the toys just like our little turtles do.

May 26, 2018: The buoyancy issue hasn’t resolved so we are starting Ms. Archie on a few different GI medications. If those don’t work, we’ll take her for a CT scan. We’re encouraging her to dive by leaving PVC toys at the bottom of her tank.

May 19, 2018: Ms. Archie is doing okay; she is still floating in water and radiographs show her GI tract is full of air. We’ve started giving her anti-gas medication and hope to see improvement soon. She’s eating well and passing fecal so those are good signs!

May 12, 2018: Archie originally came to us in May 2016 and we released her in January 2017 after healing from a boat strike wound and FP surgery. Her main issue is buoyancy. She was found near the location we released her but was unable to dive. If the buoyancy issue does not resolve this time, it could end up making her a non-releasable turtle.

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8225 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32940

phone: 321.254.9453

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