A sick tortoise

My current head of department, Wolfgang, and his fiancĂ©e were recently in the Eastern Cape, and came across a tortoise that had been hit by a car.  They rescued her, and she has been to hospital.  Unfortunately she had to have her foot amputated, and gets daily antibiotic injections, which she doesn't like at all.

It's unlikely that she will be able to be released back into the wild, so she's getting a new home, all legal with the right permits.

Her name is Skillie.

This is her being told she's going to get her medicine.  When she realises this, she goes into her shell fast.  The vet taught Wolfgang how to give her her injections.

She wouldn't come out, so I took her, and I was new to her, so she came out to look.  That gave us a chance to get hold of her leg.  Here she is getting her injection.

This is Wolfgang with Skillie after her injection.

This is me with Skillie.  Her shell had cracked underneath, and her one back leg broken.  The foot has been amputated and bandaged.

Skillie doesn't bite.

A close up of Skillie.

Skillie had been to the toilet before the injection.

Hopefully she'll recover well.


Posted by  
on November 29, 2007, 12:26 pm

Can I give a very little tortoise who is bitten by a dog a Vitamen B injection and on the photo's it looks if I can give the injection in the leg.

Please let me know.


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Posted by stephen  
on November 29, 2007, 5:25 pm
The injection was given in a specific area difficult to see - you can't see it on the photos. I would not recommend trying to inject a tortoise - get the vet to do this. This case was a case of chronic treatment which justified someone being trained. Don't do this without being trained.

As for Vitamin B - I have no idea what sort of effects it would have on a tortoise. Ask the vet. I doubt it would be of much use to the poor thing. If there are open wounds, the vet should treat them.

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