Friday, January 18, 2013

Audrey gets a second chance at life

Audrey the turtle gets second chance at life after spending first 20 years in a bucket.


Audrey the turtle spent the first 20 years of her life living in a bucket, surviving on a nutrient-deficient diet of egg whites. As she grew, the red-eared slider survived by deforming to fit her cramped home.
"Over time, her shell started to look strange: individual scutes warped in lumpy, asymmetrical ways and her carapace twisted upwards like an umbrella caught in a storm. Audrey needed help, but didn't get it for twenty years," a Buzzfeed contributer wrote
When Audrey's owner died, she was brought to a shelter to be put down. Fortunately for the reptile, a vet intervened and gave her a second chance at life.
"Audrey had a blood test, her shell was cleaned, and she was treated with fluids, vitamins and calcium. She started eating a balanced diet that strengthened her shell (although it would never grow back to a normal shape)," said of the rescued turtle.

Audrey's shell is permanently disfigured.

"I was transferred between specialists before ending up at the Little RES Q turtle rescue in Toronto Ontario Canada. Now I'm part of their team as a spokes-turtle for animal cruelty against reptiles."
Audrey is now Little ResQ's spokes-turtle, teaching the public about how to properly care for turtles.

Audrey even joined Twitter, which quickly made her an online sensation.
"I'm an animal cruelty case with a happy ending. I now speak for turtles everywhere," her Twitter bio states.
Audrey's "happy ending" includes living in a large tank at Little RES Q with a soft platform that protects her soft shell from any further damage.


S. J. Qualls said...

OMG! What torture for the poor thing! I am beyond words!

So glad she made it to be rescued!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Aw, that poor turtle. For twenty long years, yet. How could anyone be that cruel?