Animal Rescue Update: Meet Ironhide

Ironhide is a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle that was rescued from Forked River, NJ on September 12, 2015.

Published October 27, 2015

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The Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, NJ provided initial care before transferring him to the National Aquarium for long-term care and rehabilitation. Ironhide was admitted with severe bruising and exposed bone on his plastron (underside of his shell), multiple shell fractures, abrasions on his flippers and was very thin. Our Animal Health staff immediately prescribed IV antibiotics and fluids for Ironhide to help him begin to recover from a harmful blood infection. 

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Ironhide was not eating upon his admittance to the National Aquarium, which is common for newly admitted patients. It took a couple of weeks of persistence from our Animal Rescue staff to get Ironhide to finally eat squid and capelin. Since early October, his appetite has steadily been increasing, and he’s currently eating his full diet every day! 

We’re happy to report that Ironhide is no longer on IV antibiotics and is gaining weight. The bruising and exposed bone on his plastron are also healing well. 

Stay tuned for more updates!

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