Date admitted: July 14, 2018
Stranding location: Trident Basin in Port Canaveral
Status: In treatment
Admission notes: Louis was found by UCF researchers emaciated and lethargic. He had a previously healed injury to his front right flipper and a notch missing from his right side. His carapace and plastron was covered with algae.
September 15, 2018: Louis is healing well. On August 27, this turtle’s blood culture returned with no growth. The septic infection is clear! Louis continues to eat romaine lettuce and dandelion greens. For enrichment, he likes to tuck his body under his PVC to hide and rest. The turtle will have his monthly blood recheck this this week.
August 25, 2018: Louis is doing great. No more tube-feeding. Louis eats plenty of romaine lettuce, dandelion greens and some macroalgae. We are waiting the results of a third blood culture to be certain our treatments have cleared the blood infection.
August 10, 2018: Louis is doing better. He is eating almost an entire half-head of romaine twice a day! Blood culture recheck results are clear! We are now tube-feeding every other day. We are hoping that he will decide to eat protein or macroalgae on his own very soon.
July 30, 2018: Last week, Louis began eating dandelion greens and now devours romaine lettuce twice a day! We sent out more blood work for the lab to analyze and the results may help us tailor his treatment plan to fit specific needs. Right now, we also have to tube-feed him a special mixture to supplement nutrition until he feels well enough to eat more on his own!
July 23, 2018: Louis is doing alright; he has an infection and a bone infection called osteomyelitis. We’re treating both and though we don’t know how long he’s been sick but we know it will take him a while to recover. He doesn’t want to eat so we’re tube-feeding him. We put a “hide” toy in his tank and he likes to swim through it.