Baby tortoise we’re not sure what’s wrong PLEASE HELP

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This is a video of an adult desert tortoise that I had hatched. She is the tort to the right and her left front leg is absent. She does fine. It’s going to depend on organ development.
Thank you so much. This has definitely made us think more positively as we haven’t been able to find many examples of similar things to know what to do :)
 

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Give him a few days to become the shape that he'll become
Some tortoises hatch out smooshed a bit.
But if he stays deformed, you can either try to keep him alive and make sure that his forever home is one with the time and patience needed. (If not you)
I was fortunate enough to get my little rescue Redfoot healthy enough to eat and drink on his own. And his mobility issues got to the point that he got around without assistance. Then I gifted him to a woman that lived for that type of thing.
Heart of gold and lots of time on her hands.
The other option is euthanasia. Before you opt for that, try to find someone up to the task of keeping him.
Those people are out there.
But that is up to you.
He could also just fail to thrive and die anyway. If that happens, at least you know you did all you could do.
Whats the best euthanasia method ?
 

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Certainly not an expert but have had and observed my fair share of hatchlings.
It looks as though the yolk sack has separated from the plastrum when you have assisted him in getting out of the shell.
Always try to remember that these guys usually hatch underground and remain there until they have consumed the contents of the yolk sack and become thirsty / hungry... Incubator hatched tortoises should be left to figure it out themselves, as they always will...
This little guy/gal will make it or they won't I'm afarid...
 

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Certainly not an expert but have had and observed my fair share of hatchlings.
It looks as though the yolk sack has separated from the plastrum when you have assisted him in getting out of the shell.
Always try to remember that these guys usually hatch underground and remain there until they have consumed the contents of the yolk sack and become thirsty / hungry... Incubator hatched tortoises should be left to figure it out themselves, as they always will...
This little guy/gal will make it or they won't I'm afarid...
Agreed.
 
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Certainly not an expert but have had and observed my fair share of hatchlings.
It looks as though the yolk sack has separated from the plastrum when you have assisted him in getting out of the shell.
Always try to remember that these guys usually hatch underground and remain there until they have consumed the contents of the yolk sack and become thirsty / hungry... Incubator hatched tortoises should be left to figure it out themselves, as they always will...
This little guy/gal will make it or they won't I'm afarid...
When he came out of the egg her egg sack area had completely closed up we were sure not to rush the hatchling. Due to her little legs she could not crack out of the egg so if we did not interfere she would’ve been stuck until something bad happened. We’re going to give her a few weeks to see how she is but thank you.
 

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Upon hatching, the shell shape is often malformed-appearing based upon the confines of the egg shell. That usually resolves spontaneously. So, the rounded-appearing plastron can be expected to go away on its own. However, it does appear to have a some congenital limb defects which cannot be expected to resolve. If it were mine, I'd soak and feed it per usual hatchling care and see what happens. These things do not cause physical pain. It will make for a more challenging life, though. Unfortunately, limb deformities are sometimes associated with other issues such as organ defects and cloacal deformities. Does its tail and rear-end look alright?
 
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Upon hatching, the shell shape is often malformed-appearing based upon the confines of the egg shell. That usually resolves spontaneously. So, the rounded-appearing plastron can be expected to go away on its own. However, it does appear to have a some congenital limb defects which cannot be expected to resolve. If it were mine, I'd soak and feed it per usual hatchling care and see what happens. These things do not cause physical pain. It will make for a more challenging life, though. Unfortunately, limb deformities are sometimes associated with other issues such as organ defects and cloacal deformities. Does its tail and rear-end look alright?
It’s tail and it’s rear end does but it seems to have issues with her mouth and maybe her eyes. We’ve seen a vet who helped very little so we have booked her in with a specialist. Fingers crossed she will be ok as we are doing all we can already to give her the best life possible.
 
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After taking Peggy to the vets today they have said that she could possibly have an infection. But there’s still hope! She is being given antibiotics and we’re giving her special food. Things are definitely looking up and I just want to say thank you everyone for all your advice.
 

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After taking Peggy to the vets today they have said that she could possibly have an infection. But there’s still hope! She is being given antibiotics and we’re giving her special food. Things are definitely looking up and I just want to say thank you everyone for all your advice.
Please keep us posted! I’m rooting for this little dude.
 
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I was wondering about the “special food” that you refer to above.? What kind?
It’s just like a powder that we have to make up which has the nutrients she needs in it. Because of her legs she is struggling to break apart the food. We know she has to do stuff for herself but whilst she’s getting better I think it’s best that we help her a little.
 
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A bit of a sad update on Peggy. She’s has gone a bit downhill and still isn’t eating anything by herself. We think that there could be something going on internally we’re going to give her another chance to improve and hope things get better.
 

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I’m so sorry to hear this. I will continue to keep little Peggy in my thoughts and hope she can turn the corner and start to thrive. Please keep us posted.
 

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