“It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop.”
This is Piu, he is a Loggerhead Sea Turtle, he has an amputated flipper and a con-caved carapace on his right hand side. He has weights on his left hand size to distribute the weight which helps him dive. These weights are slowly taken off so that he is able to build muscle without causing injury. They are simply stuck onto the shell, completely painless for them, and can be removed with ease. In this image I am cleaning the salt from his eyes, beak, flippers and carapace as when turtles are not in the ocean they get a build up that cannot be washed away with the tide.
Turtle Fact: Sea Turtles cannot retract into their shell like other turtles. They are able to pull back their head and neck, but cannot disappear into their own shells like tortoises.
This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. I will be updating this as much as I possibly can with content from the Rescue Centre and my daily journal.
Above you can see me and Mirjam working on the injuries on ‘Chrisanti’ at ARCHELON Sea Turtle Rescue Centre, Greece. This sea turtle has sustained injuries on her plastron. You can see us cleaning her wounds and applying antiseptic creams to the wounds to make sure she has a speedy recovery.
‘Chrisanti’ has multiple injuries on her plastron and on her carapace. The injuries on her carapace are quite extensive and we are required to waterproof the injuries to prevent infection from spreading in her tank.
I recently have been to Zulu Nyala Game Reserve in South Africa, where it is one of the most ecologically balanced game reserves in South Africa. I would like to share a few photos with you of my experience.
‘Rambo’ the African elephant was rescued from a culling programme and was taken to this reserve where he met ‘Rachael’ and had a baby ‘Jubulani’. These elephants have miles and miles and miles of space to roam and are in the best hands possible for the most natural life they can possibly lead.
I was very overwhelmed being so close to such an amazing and large animal, and it will be an experience I will never forget.