29th October 2013 - A veterinarian has performed surgery on a rescued sea turtle, removing two fishing hooks from its throat and cloaca with the assistance of SeaWorld Orlando’s Aquarium tea
The turtle arrived at SeaWorld Orlando early last week and underwent surgery on Friday following x-rays and blood work evaluation. According to the veterinarian who performed the procedure, Dr. Stephen Cassle, both of the fishing hooks were successfully removed – one from its esophagus and one from the cloaca. The turtle is doing well following the procedure, and his health will continue to be monitored over the next several weeks.m.
The turtle, a juvenile weighing approximately 11 pounds (4.9kg), was rescued near Cape Canaveral in Florida.
So far this year, SeaWorld Orlando has rescued 59 sea turtles. It is the intent that upon recovery, this sea turtle will be released back into its natural environment.