Date admitted: December 26, 2018
Stranding location: Cocoa Beach
Status: In treatment
Admission notes: This turtle was found in Cocoa Beach tumbling in the surf. Boxer’s body condition looked good aside from being thin, having a small wound to the left thigh and carrying a mild epibiont load. This turtle received fluids and a couple of broad-spectrum antibiotics on intake and was dry docked overnight. A day later, they were cleaned up, went for a swim and are already showing interest in food!
January 17, 2019: Boxer is still not showing interest in eating on their own, so we continue to gavage feed this turtle to ensure they maintain a healthy weight. Since Boxer’s last fecal exam, the flukes in their poop have decreased! We hope to have this turtle clean soon.
January 9, 2019: This week, flukes were found in Boxer’s fecals. This turtle started a round of de-worming medication and will hopefully be clean soon! We continue to offer food to Boxer, but they are not showing interest in eating on their own quite yet. Thus, we have made the decision to start gavage feeding, which will help keep weight on this already very skinny turtle.
January 2, 2019: Boxer came into the Healing Center thin and weak, but with a great appetite. Unfortunately, a few days after being admitted this turtle stopped eating. We continue to offer them food and placement feed when they will not eat on their own. Boxer has been responding well to this and does not try to spit the food back out. They are still on daily fluid therapy and broad-spectrum antibiotics.