Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
Arrival Date: April 12, 2020
Stranding Location: Hobe Sound, FL
Initial Weight: 53.68 lbs.
Current Weight: 59.8 lbs.
Issue: Unintentional Boat Strike
Bunny is a juvenile loggerhead sea turtle patient that was found unintentionally hit by a boat near the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge. The turtle has propeller strike injuries to its head and cranial carapace. The wounds will be treated topically with honey and therapeutic laser. Bunny will receive antibiotics and be closely monitored by hospital staff as the boat strike injuries are treated.
The turtle requires continued treatment but is progressing well.
Minor adjustments have been made to the turtle's treatment.
The turtle is off all medications.
09/10/2020 - Bunny was released from Loggerhead Park! Watch Video
09/04/2020 - Bunny is progressing well and is near being medically cleared for release. The carapacial wounds have healed very nicely and the turtle has been off all medications for two weeks.
08/13/2020 -Bunny's white cell count has normalized and the turtle is making steady progress.
08/06/2020 -Bunny's white cell count is decreasing under the new treatment protocol and the turtle is making good progress.
07/30/2020 -Bunny's white cell count increased and a new medication was added to the treatment plan.
07/23/2020 -Bunny's white cell count increased and the turtle was started on a new treatment protocol.
07/16/2020 -Bunny's white cell count went back up, so the turtle has been put back on antibiotics.
07/09/2020 -Bunny’s wounds are healing well and the turtle remains off all medications and is progressing nicely. She will likely be released shortly.
07/02/2020 -Bunny’s wounds are healing well and the turtle remains off all medications and is progressing nicely.
06/25/2020 -Bunny's wounds are healing well and the turtle remains off all medications.
06/19/2020 -Bunny's wounds were debrided this week and are healing nicely. The turtle's medications have been discontinued.
06/11/2020 -Bunny's wounds are healing nicely and she is responding well to treatment.
06/05/2020 -Bunny's wounds are healing nicely and she is responding to treatment.
05/28/2020 -Bunny's wounds are healing well and she is responding to treatment.
05/22/2020 -Bunny's wounds were deeply debrided this week and seem to be healing well.
05/15/2020 -Bunny's white cell count is now normal and the turtle is progressing well.
05/08/2020 -Bunny's white cell count has gone down.
05/01/2020 -Bunny's white cell count has gone up only slightly. Will monitor for another week.
04/24/2020 -Bunny's white cell count is going up so additional antibiotics have been added.
04/17/2020 - New Patient