Animal Rescue Update: Cougar

Published November 07, 2014

As Animal Rescue staff prepare for another busy cold-stun turtle season, one patient remains from our 2013 season, Cougar.

This Kemp’s ridley, first admitted back in November of 2013, has had quite a rough time throughout his rehabilitation process.  

sea turtle

Since his admittance to our facility, Cougar has been fighting an infection within his carapace on-and-off for months now. There are several wounds or abrasions along his carapace that require weekly cleaning and bandaging, along with regular veterinary exams, blood draws to test for iron levels and blood cell counts, and various radiographs to keep track of the carapace growth/loss throughout his stay here at the National Aquarium.

In recent months, Cougar has been eating well. We're happy to report that he has gained 6 lbs. while in rehabilitation with our Animal Rescue crew, and continues to have a very healthy appetite for squid, shrimp and capelin.

Veterinary and husbandry staff are working non-stop to  help Cougar fight off his ongoing infection. Right now, antibiotics and weekly shell cleanings are the norm for Cougar, while we monitor health tissue growth. Although he is not out of the woods yet, our team is encouraged by Cougar’s new growth, stronger appetite and attitude.  

Stay tuned for more updates on Cougar! 

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