The position of the
Virginia Living Museum on an existing lake with native wildlife naturally in the area creates a backdrop for our trail and outdoor exhibits that truly illustrates nature. Occasionally, our responsibility as caretakers of the animals here at the museum extends to the wildlife that lives here on the property. As the herpetologist, I am often called to remove a snake from a mammal exhibit or to identify a frog for a guest on the trail. This past Sunday, however, we received an opportunity to save the life of one of the many wild turtles that lives in our lake. Luckily, this female Redbelly Turtle was up in the outdoor amphitheater when some visitors were walking by and noticed some fishing line protruding from her mouth. If it hadn’t been for that unlikely encounter we never would have found this turtle and been able to help her. Virginia
It turned out the turtle had a fishhook embedded in her mouth which we were able to easily remove. After recovery she was released back into the lake where she will now have a much easier time eating, and will be a lot more comfortable.
|Here you can clearly see the hook embedded in her mouth between the sides of the silver tool used to gently hold her mouth open.|
The part of the hook with the barb on it was cut so the hook could be easily removed without damaging any tissue. Here is the hook after removal.