2014-02-14 / Community

Focus on Wildlife

Sponsor injured turtle

This snapping turtle was admitted to the Center for Wildlife in September after being hit by a car. After months of care, his wounds were not healed enough to release him into the wild before turtles hibernate, and staff determined he would need to stay in the clinic through winter. Though the wounds he sustained after being hit by the car were healing well, the medical treatment and stress of captivity led to a decreased appetite. Our volunteer veterinarian was able to surgically insert an esophageal feeding tube to ensure the turtle received the nutrients he needs to recover with as little stress as possible. Though this is a first for the center, the feeding tube has been very successful.

The turtle will continue receiving medical treatment, food and sanctuary from the center until the weather warms and he’s ready to be released. For a donation of $20, you can help support the care of this turtle, who, once released, could travel 2 miles to lay eggs in an ancestral nesting ground. As a thank you for your support, you will receive this print and an update on the turtle’s progress before he is released. Donations are accepted via mail (Center for Wildlife, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME 03902), or via paypal by visiting www.yorkcenterforwildlife.org/ donate.htm. Please remember to include your email address if you would like to receive an update.

To purchase a print from wildlife photographer Chuck Homler, with proceeds going to the center, visit facebook.com/focusonwildlife and click the orange “our Etsy store” button. Use the coupon code “CourierSnapper” for a discount; 8x10 prints are $10 for Courier readers.

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