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CRITICAL REDFOOT RESCUE...

Discussion in 'Redfoot and yellowfoot tortoises' started by ZEROPILOT, Jul 29, 2019.

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  1. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    My new rescue is a Redfoot I just received from Miami.
    I was told that it is blind and has a "cleft palate".
    To me, it looks more like an old crushing injury, like a dog chewing incident than a birth defect.
    I bought him home and soaked him right away.
    It looks like it has been kept very dry. The shell is crazily pyramiding and the skin on the head, arms and legs are very dry.
    I've looked at the face, and have already determined that there IS at least partial vision from the left eye. The right eye seems to be missing. The animal does respond to objects placed in front of it, but because of a possible MBD has limited mobility.
    The mouth is misshapen. Beak is broken. And it opens up like a small slit.
    The tortoise drank a LOT of water in a warm soak and yawned like they do, exposing a very small mouth.
    It did bite a cut cherry that was placed in front of it. Which gives me hope. It has been eating exclusively "land turtle pellets" its whole life. Fed by hand because it's been blind and with a damaged mouth.
    I've already confirmed some vision. And seen the animal eat it's own food.
    Great.
    Here's the scary part.
    That other stuff is nothing.
    This tortoise is tiny. Skinny legged and light weight.
    About the size of a sickly 3 or 4 month old Redfoot.
    So. How old is it?
    CONFIRMED 1.5 years old!
    That's NUTS.
    This is the most extreme case of stunting I've ever seen.
    My diagnosis is:
    Damaged head. Healed but disfigured.

    Severe damage caused by dehydration

    Severe stunting caused by horrible diet

    Weak vision. One eye only. And it is damaged

    Possible MBD from diet and lack of UVB

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  2. ZEROPILOT

    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Very, very critical
    But I've got a good feeling about this tort.
    Its had a rough life, but there's still some spark there.
    I am anticipating a nice comeback here.
    I'll post as I have updates.
    I'm assembling a nice, humid home for it tomorrow out in my patio.
    He's too small and sick to go out in the yard anytime soon.
    Right now I'm concerned about vision and strength and weeks or months of proper diet and hydration should help!
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    Sure hasn't done much growing in the time its been alive (no growth lines).
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    That’s horrible... glad you have it, hopefully it responds to treatment.
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Its incredible small.
    Almost hatchling sized.
    But the previous keeper had it for a year and a half.
    I'm hoping it can be made relatively healthy in time
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Me too.
    Time will tell.
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    If he tried to eat that's a good sign. Hopefully you can get the little guy in better shape.
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Yes
    He's in frightening condition.
    But I saw a few things that give me hope.
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    Soaks, temp/humidity in the enclosure, and a variety of yummy food cut into small pieces....

    Thank you for rescuing this wee fellow, you're doing a good thing.

    Jamie
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    This morning on the soak it drank again for an extended period of time.
    Then ate another tiny piece of a cherry and two chomps of Sukis favorite dog food with mashed peas in it. (It only looks like a hatchling)
    After the soak, I placed it in a tote outside in the shade. It's about 100% humidity. And placed shaved Romaine and mushroom in front of it.
    When he or she eats, takes bites, it always extends its head outward and to the right. Either because of poor vision or because of a neurological issue. But it DOES ACT LIKE ITS HUNGRY.
    And that is very nice to see.
    I'm going to keep newspaper as a substrate until I'm convinced that it wont ingest some Orchid bark by accident.
    So a "proper" enclosure will be weeks or months away.

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    Well done for taking him! How much does he weigh?
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    Considering it survived this long makes me think it’s a fighter and should thrive now. I’m sure it will feel much better with proper care.
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    Dunno
    I threw away my scales when I swore off of babies.
    I must have one around.
    He's tiny. But I think his weight seems adequate for his size.
    He's not super light.
    I really should weigh him for a baseline.....
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    This is what he ate exclusively for the year and a half.
    The other keeper gave it to me.
    Sweet teen age girl.
    She hand fed it and took the best care that she knew how to.
    Apparently someone else gave it to her....

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    It would be useful to have the weight, therefore you can monitor whether or not he is gaining weight.
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    Today he ripped a chunk of cactus from a strip that I cut for him.
    I pinched the cactus between my fingers and he bit down on it, pulled back and ripped off part of it.
    Then ate it.
    There is strength there.
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Yeah
    I have no idea where one is.
    I gotta get back over to Walmart.
    Once I buy a new one, I'm sure I'll find the others....
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    Thank you for being so wonderful!
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    I hope the little guy pulls through and lives a good long life. Thank you for rescuing him! I'm sure he appreciates the soaks and real food.
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