This week’s patient is a Saw-shelled Turtle named CC from Currumbin Creek. CC was accidentally hooked by a fisherman, but thankfully the responsible fisherman brought him into the hospital for treatment.
Examinations concluded that CC had swallowed two hooks, which you can see on the x-ray. Attempts to remove the hooks through the mouth were unsuccessful, so the patient required surgery to remove the hooks via a small incision in the neck. He is now on pain relief and antibiotics.
CC’s wound will take around 2-3 weeks to heal and he will require suture removal in 2 weeks. He is currently living in our turtle rehab facility until he is ready to be released back into the wild.
You can help patients like C.C by getting help if you hook an animal when fishing, and by not discarding used fishing line and hooks on the ground.
You can also help by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.
For more information about saw-shelled turtles click here