Date admitted: November 5, 2017
Stranding location: Indian River County
Status: In treatment
Admission notes: Flappy was found in the Indian River Lagoon with fishing line wrapped tightly around her neck.
November 16, 2017: Flappy is hanging in there. She is eating better than expected (she loves fish) and seems to be responding to supportive care. Unfortunately, we’re still waiting for her to pass fecal matter, which will tell us if she may be able to pass the line she’s ingested. We’re keeping out hopes up for this little one!
November 11, 2017: Megan and Shannon were able to successfully remove the line wrapped around Flappy’s neck upon arrival. She also ingested fishing line and has line extending from her cloaca. She’s eating a little, but hasn’t passed any fecal matter yet. Unfortunately, the prognosis is not good for this turtle. Many times, when line goes through the entire digestive tract and is visible in the mouth and cloaca at the same time, the line causes plication (folding up accordion-style) and the intestines can be damaged beyond recovery.