Poppy

Species: Loggerhead Sea Turtle
(Caretta caretta)

Arrival Date
: October 23, 2016
Stranding Location: St. Lucie, Florida

Initial Weight
: 64.75 lbs.
Current Weight: 81.95 lbs.

Issue: Chronic Debilitation
Current Condition: Chronic Debilitation

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ADMISSION NOTE:

Poppy is a small sub-adult loggerhead that was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal. The initial bloodwork showed anemia, hypoglycemia and overall poor health due to starvation.  Hospital staff administered fluids with dextrose, parenteral nutrition, antibiotics, vitamin supplements, and iron.  Poppy was placed in freshwater for two days to remove the barnacles and leeches that covered most of its body. The turtle is now in sea water. We will continue to monitor bloodwork closely as we treat Poppy.

PROGRESS KEY:

sea_turtle_icongreen This turtle is progressing well and responding to therapy as desired.

Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)There is a minor issue that we are working to resolve.

sea_turtle_iconredMore details to follow.

PROGRESS NOTES:

03/15/2017 Sea_turtle_icon(green)Poppy was released on March 9.

03/08/2017 Sea_turtle_icon(green)Poppy has been approved for release.

03/01/2017 Sea_turtle_icon(green) Has been cleared for release. Please check out our web page for details on the release.

02/22/2017 Sea_turtle_icon(green)

02/16/2017 sea_turtle_icongreen  Iron injections have been discontinued.

02/08/2017 sea_turtle_icongreen  Poppy’s anemia is slowly resolving and is only receiving iron supplementation.

01/25/2017 sea_turtle_icongreen  Poppy’s appetite has improved.

01/12/2017 sea_turtle_icongreen  Poppy continues to improve and has been started on antiparasitic treatments.

01/04/2017 sea_turtle_icongreen

12/29/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

12/21/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

12/14/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green)

12/09/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(green) The anemia has improved dramatically. The turtle is eating well. Most blood values are looking good or are improving.

11/30/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)

11/23/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow)

11/17/2016 – Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Poppy continues to receive parenteral nutrition and is eating some. Bone marrow has just begun to respond, so anemia should begin to improve very soon.

11/02/2016 Sea_turtle_icon(yellow) Parenteral nutrition is going well. The turtle has begun to eat a variety of food items.

10/26/2016 – Poppy is a small sub-adult loggerhead that was found in the St. Lucie Power Plant Intake Canal. The initial bloodwork showed anemia, hypoglycemia and overall poor health due to starvation.  Hospital staff administered fluids with dextrose, parenteral nutrition, antibiotics, vitamin supplements, and iron.  Poppy was placed in freshwater for two days to remove the barnacles and leeches that covered most of its body. The turtle is now in sea water. We will continue to monitor bloodwork closely as we treat Poppy.

 

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