Battered tortoise turns up in Flagler after 3 years

ivermectin for head lice dosing A gopher tortoise seriously injured three years ago in an encounter with a dog has turned up again, this time submerged in the surf where tortoise advocates say it should never have been. FLAGLER BEACH — Tammy the Tortoise is a survivor.

rocky gap resort casino Three years ago she suffered bites from a dog that cost her a large piece of her shell and left her with permanent fang marks.

terminando um namoro tumblr Kriel More recently she suffered from what local advocates believe were the good intentions of someone who didn’t know the difference between a sea turtle and a gopher tortoise. Tammy’s latest brush with death occurred about a week ago. On July 21, someone left a message on the answering machine of Flagler Beach resident and gopher tortoise defender Art Woosley. The caller said a tortoise had been found under water just offshore at Gamble Rogers State Park, and when someone removed her from the water, she attempted to go back in.

“It’s very unusual, because they’re not swimmers,” said Woosley. “They’re diggers.”

He went to the park and picked up the tortoise, which he saw immediately had a very distinctive feature: A patch of hardened material covered its left side.

“I thought it was strange,” he said. “I had seen other ones with damaged shells, but nothing like that. I did a double-take, and I said, ‘Well, somebody did a job on this one, and evidently it was needed.’

Woosley wanted to have a veterinarian look at the tortoise, especially because of its uncharacteristic attempt to head into the sea. So he took it to Flagler Animal Hospital and the staff contacted Lori Ottlein, who has been working with gopher tortoises for more than two decades and is known for her work repairing tortoise shells.

Ottlein is also active in the Volusia/Flagler Turtle Patrol, helping to protect sea turtles, which are classified as endangered. Gopher tortoises are classified as threatened.

When Ottlein saw the tortoise, she thought she recognized the fabric patch and looked back through photos she had of past shell repairs she’d made. And there it was: a tortoise she’d helped three years prior.

“I said, ‘That’s her. I can’t believe it,’” she recalled.

She phoned Woosley to tell him the news. Dog attack survivor

The animal first came to Ottlein’s attention in 2014 when a woman called to report a tortoise that had been bitten by a dog. Ottlein met her and saw that the whole side had been chewed off the reptile’s shell.

“I brought it home and put this stuff on there to stop the bleeding,” Ottlein said. “Because even the shell bleeds.”

Dogs are one of the three main sources for tortoise shell cracks, she said, the others being weed trimmers or lawn mowers and automobiles.