Stitch

Meet Stitch, Ghost Net Amputee

Stitch is a juvenile Olive Ridley turtle who was found at Lhaviyani atoll.

Intake Date: 6 June 2017
Length: 41.5 cm
Weight: 6.7kg
Status: Current Patient

Stitch was previously under the care of Naifaru Juvenile Rescue Centre. She was transferred to us to receive veterinary care. Unfortunately, she had a terrible injury to her left flipper and her neck – with an open wound to her oesophagus. She underwent surgeries to amputate the flipper and also to close the wound on her neck. She has recently had all her stitches removed and has healed from the surgeries very well.

Stitch’s main problem now is a buoyancy issue: due to tears in her lungs, air is trapped under her shell causing her to be unable to dive. She is also receiving treatment for an eye infection.

Stitch enjoys splashing around her tank and hiding under her cover when it is not feeding time.