Injured turtle under isolation for better care

Thane: In an attempt to ensure the speedy recovery of the critically injured Olive Ridley rescued from Thane creek last week, the Wildlife Conservation and Animal Welfare Society (WCAWA) has now separated it from the other turtles to carefully monitor its health.
The turtle found struggling to stay afloat near the Ghodbunder area of the Thane creek with its alternate flippers missing, was rescued by wildlife activist Amit Chhadwa last Sunday and handed over to the Thane Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (SPCA) for treatment.

While the turtle was given first aid straightaway and prescribed antibiotics, tonics and painkillers later that night by turtle expert Dr Dinesh Vinherkar, it was shifted to the WCAWA for additional care on Tuesday.

“The turtle had lost its alternate flippers and because of this a lot of blood. The lack of these flippers made it unable to swim properly and hunt as well. It is thus, severely anaemic, malnourished and weak. This turtle required a larger facility and specific help that is available at the Dahanu centre and I thus requested the Thane SPCA to transfer it with the consent of the forest department,” said Dr Vinherkar.

In addition to being taken to this facility, the turtle will now be kept isolated from the other reptiles recuperating at the centre. These experts believe that without this specialised care, it will most likely be unable to defend itself in the wild, and survive in the sea on its own.

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