Animal Rescue Update: Canuck

Canuck, a rescued loggerhead sea turtle, continues to gain strength in rehabilitation.

Published May 29, 2018

When Canuck arrived at the National Aquarium in November, he was our most critical patient. Our Animal Rescue and Animal Health teams conducted extensive diagnostic testing, including a CT scan and MRI, to better understand the digestive issues he displayed since admission.

After trying several treatment options, the team decided to take a more hands-off approach with Canuck, and his diet and energy level improved immensely.

In May, our Animal Health team evaluated Canuck, and decided he was ready for “boot camp.”

Canuck was moved to a larger rehabilitation pool, where he was able swim at greater depths and against currents, gain weight and add muscle mass in preparation for returning to his natural environment. Our team has also started offering him live food items to evaluate his ability to track and catch prey items.

Our team is also providing care for three Kemp’s ridley sea turtles that were transferred to us for continued rehabilitation after four months of care at the National Marine Life Center in Massachusetts.

We are anticipating Canuck and the three Kemp’s ridley sea turtles will be ready for release in late June.

Stay tuned for more animal rescue updates!

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