Veterinarian Reunites With Turtle She Rehabbed And Released

July 18, 2018

The vet repaired the turtle's shell with fiberglass and expected the fiberglass to eventually fall off.

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A veterinarian who years ago repaired the shell of an injured box turtle came across the same turtle she treated while walking in the woods near her clinic.

Several years ago, a client brought me a box turtle that had been hit by a car. I used fiberglass to repair his broken...

Posted by Hocking Hills Animal Clinic on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A client had brought the reptile to Dr. Shannon Moore of Hocking Hills Animal Clinic in southeast Ohio, who treated the box turtle for a cracked shell and never expected to see the reptile again.

"Several years ago, a client brought me a box turtle that had been hit by a car. I used fiberglass to repair his broken shell and then released him in my woods," Moore wrote on the clinic's Facebook page. "Recently, while walking on my hillside, I spotted an odd pattern in the leaves. To my amazement, there was my old patient with the fiberglass still on ... years later! Sometimes, being a vet is the best thing there is."

eastern box turtle

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Box turtles are smaller turtles that are often kept as pets.

Moore wrote that she never expected to see the box turtle again, because if she did, she would have made the fiberglass she used to repair the turtle’s shell.

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“If I'd known the fiberglass was going to stick around "forever," I would have made it more stylish! I assumed it would drop off rather quickly,” Moore wrote on Facebook.

The repair has held up well, and hopefully the box turtle won't have any more encounters with cars.


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