Repairing An Injured TurtleYesterday I and a group of paddlers were cleaning up the Little Manistee River. We came across a Wood Turtle with a cracked shell. The whole upper right quadrant of the carapace was cracked and dislocated. I put it in my canoe and took it home.
After my spouse tried calling some vets and animal rehab people, it was evident that other people really did not want to volunteer and help. So we went ahead and did the best we could. We cleaned the wound thoroughly, flushed and sanitized the area then put in some triple antibiotic ointment (both to at least keep infection at bay and to ensure that epoxy will not interfere with healing). Then we used fiberglass/epoxy over that part of the shell to set it in place properly and hold it together.
The little guy/girl has perked up and is doing well so far. It is walking far more normally than when we found it and is not listless as if it has an infection. We plan to release it tomorrow.