Turtle Patient 189: Gus, Sub-Adult Green

Turtle patient Gus, green, profile. Image.

Gus is a sub-adult green turtle that was found entangled in a ghost net at Conrad Rangali South Ari Atoll. He suffered entanglement wounds at both front flippers with bone exposure of the humerus on the left front flipper.

The Vitals

Intake Date: 30 May 2022
Patient Number: 189
Rescue Location: South Ari Atoll
Reason: Found entangled
Transport Method: Sea Plane
Status: Current Patient

Species: Green
Scientific Name: Chelonia mydas
Sex: Unknown
Age: Sub-Adult
Length: 42 cm
Weight: 6.16 kg

The Adoptive Parents

Gus has kindly been adopted by Marcel Wiezorek, Maddi Paull, Marc & Anna Juckschat, and by Tyler Carrara.

Gus’ Story

Gus was found entangled in a ghost net with entanglement wounds at both front flippers with bone exposure of the humerus on the left front flipper. In addition, one scute on his carapace that was almost ripped off, cracked and missing edges.

Unfortunately, the left flipper could not be saved and we has to amputate it a few days after he arrived. The surgery went well; anesthesia was smooth and recovery was uneventful. He started nibbling a piece of seagrass on the very next day and after a few days of supportive care, he is now eating and diving.

Two days after surgery, however, Gus started pooping plastic and other marine debris. He is staying motionless on the surface and definitely not feeling well. But he did finished his daily feed intake when we fed him by hand.

12 June 2022
Gus continued to defecate more plastic approx 4-5 days after the surgery. However, he was gradually gaining energy with improved appetite over time. When we placed him in the large tank he became much livelier and curious, unlike how he usually behaved in small tank. We also saw him dive to the bottom for seagrass when placed in the small tank.

19 June 2022
Gus has shown great improvement over the last week. In addition to seagrass, he is now eating prawns and tuna. He is trying to dive in the small tanks and is more active in the larger tank. The skin sutures at his surgical site came off this week but underlying sutures is intact. We will continue his treatment course and monitor his progress closely.

26 June 2022
All the stitches in Gus’ surgical site came off this week and the underlying muscle layers appears fresh and healthy. We will provide frequent wound care and continuously monitor for signs of infection and progress of wound healing.

Adopt Gus

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