Meet Teddy, A Juvenile Green Turtle
Teddy was a juvenile green turtle who was found by staff members at Six Senses Laamu Resort. Teddy had a deep cut in his neck and an eye infection.
Intake Date: 30th October 2018
Length: 11.5 cm
Weight: 190 gr
Status: Deceased 2nd December 2018
Teddy was adopted by Julie & Dean
Teddy was most likely injured as a hatchling by a natural predator, like a bird or a crab.
ORP staff at the resort gave Teddy basic medical care before transporting him to the Rescue Centre. When Teddy finally arrived, two speed boat journeys and two sea plane flights later, the neck wound had healed well. However, he was struggling to lift his head, which hinders his ability to breathe and swim normally. We suspected that the injury damaged an important muscle.
After a couple of days at the Rescue Centre, Teddy’s eye infection improved and he looked much better. We performed corrective surgery to repair and reattach the damaged neck muscle. He was so small (190 gr) that we used a cat vein cannula as an endotracheal tube to help him breath under anesthetic.
We waited and watched to see if the surgery was successful and he would recover successfully. Unfortunately his injuries were too severe and Teddy passed away.