Friday, May 23rd is World Turtle Day. The day was inaugurated by the American Tortoise Rescue in order to celebrate and protect these magnificent shelled creatures. Animal Clinic of Morris Plains (ACMP) is proud to be at the forefront of saving local, injured turtles and tortoises.
On June 10, 2013 Grace the turtle was struck by a car in front of the emergency room at St. Claire’s Hospital in Denville, New Jersey. Since Grace is not human, treating her at the local ER was not an option. Instead, Grace was rushed to ACMP by Animal Control.
Grace the Turtle with Eggs
Dr. Paul Sedlacek examined Grace and found a crack in her shell along with some external bleeding. An x-ray revealed a surprise. Grace was in fact pregnant, with about 40 eggs inside of her. ACMP glued Grace’s shell together with waterproof epoxy, which along with her shell’s own natural healing abilities, made her whole again. Grace was allowed to rest for five days. For three of those days, Grace was treated with betadine in order to sterilize the wound and antibiotics in order to prevent infection. Afterwards, Dr. Sedlacek felt that Grace was ready to be released back into the wild. Hopefully, she and many of her offspring are now enjoying and contributing to our local eco-system.
Just last month (April 23, 2014), Clamper the snapping turtle was struck by a vehicle in Parsippany, NJ on Rt. 46. Fortunately, Clamper was rescued by the Parsippany Police and brought by Animal Control to ACMP. The turtle had a cracked shell and facial injuries. After two weeks of treatment, ACMP deemed that the turtle was ready to be released into the wild. Animal Control released Clamper to a stream near where he was found.
All of ACMP’s wildlife services are done through our non-profit organization and donations are always welcome. In addition to turtles, ACMP attends to all species of injured wildlife.
So today, on World Turtle Day, we take time to remember our shelled friends and how we can lend them a helping hand in our little corner of the globe.