Help cover the Needham Snapping Turtle's veterinary care!

For: Tufts Wildlife Center
Needham, MA
Organizer: Kara Holmquist, Kiko and Story Bracker
$825
of $2,000 goal.
Raised by 17 donors
41% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

On Monday, May 4th, the Needham Animal Control Officer and Police rescued a large snapping turtle from Rosemary Lake. He had become stuck in a drain during the annual draining of the Lake.

We were not even sure he was alive. But he retracted his leg when touched, so there was hope. He was brought to Tufts Wildlife Clinic. When he got there, his heartbeat was only 3 per minute! 

They put him on fluids and he has been hospitalized since. He is doing much better and is predicted to live! However, he is expected to cost the hospital about $2-3,000 in veterinary care.

Tufts Wildlife Clinic supports the New England region by providing medical care and rehabilitation for wildlife patients with the goal of release back into the wild. Tufts Wildlife specialists advance knowledge in the fields of wildlife and conservation medicine through high quality research activities with the goal of improving the well-being of wildlife individuals and populations.

This fundraiser will help them provide care to this turtle and other wildlife. All donations will go to Tufts Wildlife Center, a non-profit organization.

You can also donate online through the wildlife fund on the Tufts University web site. Go to the Tufts University’s Give Now site and choose Cummings Veterinary School and when “Select an Area” appears, choose the Wildlife Program. If you can let us know if you donate this way, we can make sure that we relay to Tufts this is for the Needham Turtle.

For more photos and a detailed story, visit Ilene Hoffman's blog

Highest donor gets to name him!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 24, 2015

Posted on May 24, 2015


I am so sorry to have to relay the news that the Needham turtle, Boris, died on Friday night. Kiko spoke with Tufts yesterday. 
Thank you so much to everyone who helped to cover the cost of his care and the town-wide effort to bring him back to health so he could live beyond his 70+ years.
Sorry again to relay this news -- it's taken a day to be able to write this, especially as yesterday was World Turtle Day. He really seemed like he was going to be able to recover. He had the best chance and best care to make this a possibility, thanks to all the support he had back home in Needham.
Kara, Kiko & Story Bracker

Posted on May 15, 2015

Posted on May 15, 2015

The big snapper is now being called 'Boris' by his supporters around the shores of Rosemary Lake.  At the Tufts Wildlife Center they very purposefully do not name their patients to avoid attachment and imprinting in both directions, but I think we can safely call him 'Boris' back here at home.

Boris started to move his front legs yesterday.  His caretakers at Tufts were very excited about this.  He is also readily hissing at them when they approach him.  They need to be very careful around his front end since he would be able to bite if wanted to and inflict serious damage.  They only really touch the back 1/2 of his shell for fear that he could reach his head and long neck quite far back if he wanted too.    Kiko Bracker


Posted on May 12, 2015

Posted on May 12, 2015

We raised another $45.43 outside of Starbucks yesterday.
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