The Coffee Shop – The Sea Turtle Hospital

The Coffee Shop is an open thread-style discussion forum for human interest news of the day.

From The Atlantic:

In the Florida Keys, the Turtle Hospital is fighting to save the dwindling population of American sea turtles. The hospital, which works to rehabilitate sick and injured sea turtles, treats human-caused conditions like flipper amputations, shell damage from boat collisions, and intestinal issues from ingesting plastic bags and fishing line. The most common surgery performed at the Turtle Hospital is the removal of viral tumors called Fibropapilloma, that affect over half of green sea turtles. In this short film, The Atlantic goes inside the Turtle Hospital to see firsthand the fight against sea turtle extinction.


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3 Responses to The Coffee Shop – The Sea Turtle Hospital

  1. wordcloud9 says:

    Sad and inspiring at the same time – really hope the sea turtles escape extinction.

  2. Good evening, Nona. I am such a mush for stories like this one — I don’t ever want to forget that there are truly good people in this world.

  3. Our Celtic Lassie was a critter person, as most of us know. She followed the work of the Vet Clinic Gambia by watching their YouTube videos almost religiously, and commenting on them occasionally. Most of them are posted by one of the two veterinarians at the clinic, Dr. Michael Meyer. She talked about going to The Gambia if I would help support her if she worked there as a volunteer for a few weeks or months. She had come to know their two vet techs through their videos, Fatou and Fatou (both ladies have the same first name). She had also become knowledgeable about some of the parasites in The Gambia as well. One of the things most outrageous to her was how some animal owners would allow them to become so infested with parasites such as Cordylobia Anthropophaga (Mangoworms) the animals had to be euthanized.

    She reserved her most sarcastic and biting comments for neglectful animal owners.

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