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CRITICAL REDFOOT RESCUE...

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

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  1. Relic

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    I have found that to be one of life's golden rules. Once something is lost, the absolute quickest, most efficient, and absolutely guaranteed ways to find it...is to go purchase a replacement. The lost item will be standing proudly in plain sight as soon as you return...
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    I have at least two.
    But they're small, flat and my wife likes to "put things away"......Gawd only knows.
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    That's very kind
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    I just have to say he is a beautiful little one and seems to me there is a will to survive there. VIVA new home:<3:!
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  5. ZEROPILOT

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

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    Today he drank a lot in his Carrot soak.
    Then he ate one half of a mashed pea and one bite of cactus fed by hand.
    I placed him in front of a pile of finely grated, chopped mushroom, cactus and romaine.
    I haven't seen him eat on his own yet. But I haven't stood there and watched him for very long, either.

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

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    Here's some more puzzling photos.
    Keep an open mind now.
    This animal truly IS at least 16 months old.....
    He has an umbilical scar and what looks like an egg tooth.
    The egg tooth might just be part of his facial deformity.
    Between the size, the scar and what looks like an egg tooth, I'd guess that someone was playing a game with me.
    Yet the age is comfirmed.

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

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    I want to summon some Redfoot members whom have had considerable experience raising babies.
    Please tag anyone to this thread that I may have forgotten.
    @Anyfoot
    @allegraf
    I'm drawing a blank....
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    This is the eye situation.
    One side looks like the socket is sunken. Maybe covered by a scar. Missing.
    The other side there is an eye slit. It is always wet. And the animal CAN see at least shadows. He does avoid obstacles and responds to movements in front of that eye.

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

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    I'm getting a small digital scale tomorrow
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    I commend you for taking him on. Please keep us posted.
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    Thank you for rescuing this little one.
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    What a fantastic thing to do Ed, it couldn't have found a better home!
    if anyone can bring it back from the brink you can.
    Good luck to you and the little tort.
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    Thanks Lyn.
    So far. So good.
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    Would dripping some saline solution over the eye help to wash it out do you think?
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    I suppose it wouldn't hurt.
    I'm anticipating more vision and more eye opening with hydration.
    That's my hope.
    Theres a lot of old, dead skin stuck on his head.
    Maybe when that comes off I'll have a better idea of the damage.
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    The extended directional reach is likely due to the vision....I took in a couple Redfoot some years back and when they arrived one was near blind...after about a year that same tort is a crazy eater and looks you right in the eyes and can clearly see you now...I believe it was victim to the other Redfoot who was super aggressive (bit off the toe tips with the nail and all) and that caused it to not eat, bask, soak and not move about....so poor nutrition and some trauma...they were also super pyramided, but they are beautiful just the same...your little one there is cute from what I can see.... :)
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    It would be good if you could get a more detailed history and have his age confirmed. I think no way could he be 16 months!
    It's great what you are doing to help him. A worthwhile project!
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    The young lady I got him from had him for 10 months.
    She got it from her friend. Whom had had him for about as long.
    The whole "thing" has been so strange.
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    If it were someone else. I'd say the same thing!
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    Kudos to the teen for trying.
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