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Meet Xena, An Adult Female Olive Ridley Found Missing a Flipper

Xena was found in October 2019 in Lhaviyani Atoll, floating upside down and missing her left front flipper.

Intake Date: 1 November 2020
Length: 60 cm
Weight: 14.45 kg
Status: Current Patient

Xena has been adopted by Matthew and by Athena.

Xena arrived at the Marine Turtle Rescue Centre after a journeying on two sea planes and a speed boat! She has been rehabilitating at Atoll Marine Centre all this while, but recently started deteriorating. She refused food, started to lose weight and showed signs of shifting buoyancy issues. She was transferred to the Rescue Centre so we can provide the veterinary care she needs.

On her first day she refused fish but did eat 2 crabs quite vigorously, so that is encouraging. She will have a full diagnostic workup, inlcuding x-rays and ultrasound, plus faecal analysis. Her initial blood sample was encouraging – no signs of anaemia but we still need to manually assess her cells under the microscope.

8 November 2020
Xena has been very up and down since her arrival. She ate very well initially, but then has been very lethargic the rest of the week. We took x-rays and an ultrasound, and there is evidence of a bone infection that has likely spread body wide. We started her on antibiotics and fluids, and we are monitoring her very closely, but we still have a way to go.

13 November 2020
After a really tough last week and start of this week, where she spent a lot of time being very unresponsive, Xena has started to pick up a lot. She now comes over to greet us, and she is a bit keener on food, although still spitting things out intermittently. Not crabs though! So we have been out at night getting crabs for her and will continue to do so for as long as needed.

23 November 2020
Xena is on a crab only diet at the moment but she is eating them very well, having 6-8 crabs a night. She is noticeably more active in her tank. She is on injectable antibiotics every 72 hours.