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!