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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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    Yeah
    Hand feeding, etc.
    It had become too much for her and she found my Craigslist ad seeking Redfoot.
    Sweet kid and supportive father.
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    Do you know a good tortoise vet. The mouth issue could be due to scar tissue. There might be something they can do to increase the opening, after the tortoise is in better shape.
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    I’m all for teens/children having pets; but this was a major undertaking for a novice. I hope it didn’t spoil her taste for torts...
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    It’s crazy how much tortoises can survive!
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    Usually, the missing object mysteriously appears out of thin air AFTER you unwrap and unpack the new one...
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    I have an excellent vet.
    I've been hydrating the tortoise and have been removing some of the dead facial skin with a Q-Tip.
    Once I've done all that I can do, we may go see Dr. K.
    But I don't think that there is much even she can do right now.
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  7. ZEROPILOT

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

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    I think that the deformities and the health issues directly relate to how those two young people kept this animal.
    Although the girl that passed the tortoise to me was only keeping it the way she was told to by the other.
    There was some pretty horrible animal husbandry going on.....
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    It takes patience to move at a tortoise's pace...for healing. I'm so glad this little one landed with you.
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    As in Dr Kelleher? Dr Thielen moved to a practice about 30 miles from me. It’s nice to have someone who actually knows exotics.
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    Two of the Redfoot here are super different in size. I have one that is about the third the size of another that is 6+ months older...so it super depends on the genes that the tort came from on top of the care...so it is possible.
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    The first owner wouldn’t have any reason to lie about the age would they? As the tortoise is so small for its apparent age, I would assume that the shell has not done much developing leaving the egg sac scar there. The scar tends to go away as the tortoise grows and new keratin is made. I don’t know whether that’s possible or even makes sense.
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    You Rock! brings tears to my eyes to see things like that.
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    Yes
    She saved my tortoise QUEEN BERTHA a few years back.
    There is another lengthy post about that here somewhere....
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    Very little of this makes any sense.
    It's why I wanted advice from others with more hatching and rearing experience.
    Your explanation is as good as anything I've come up with...
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    ZEROPILOT Well-Known Member 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club Tortoise Club

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    Drum roll please.....
    Exactly 40 ounces.
    He (I'll refer to him now as he) drank another huge amount of carrot water and took 2 chomps of blackberry.
    He also took his first poop.
    A pretty good sized one.
    So I'm pleased with that.
    Food it and food out, checked.
    All good news
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    I’ve raised 3 hatchlings for a year, there egg sac scar is completely gone as they’ve grown. As new keratin is produced, it sort of layers it self. That’s what I’ve come up with any way.
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    That’s very cool. I love watching that show. I appreciate their passion for helping animals. I’ll search for the other post.
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    That excellent, very happy for that
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    Search Bertha or Queen Bertha
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    Bertha is the reason we tell people to wait AT LEAST a full day before burying or disposing of what appears to be a dead tortoise. In Bertha's case, her body COMPLETELY shut down. And then it rebooted...
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